Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, & Theological Commentary

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PART THREE

GENESIS's CONTENT AND MEANING

Human Existence and Its Many Aspects

The third part of the introduction has a key focus: What is Genesis about? What is its content?

The answer is not something specialized or remote. Genesis is concerned with human existence—in all its complexity. The first half of the book (1:1–25:18) sets the stage: at a certain level it describes the complex world or environment in which the drama of human life is played out. The second half (25:19-chap. 50) tells of the unfolding of that drama by recounting the life of Jacob, womb to tomb. Genesis also evokes some of the most basic elements of human life—especially time, space, and stages of age and perception.

Part III deals first with Genesis's emphasis on human life in general (Chapter 11). Then follows an examination of how Genesis deals with specific features—including history (Chapter 12), psychology (Chapter 13), spirituality (Chapter 14), and life's general complexity (including blessing, marriage, cities, and a sense of journeying) (Chapter 15).

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