The Book of Genesis: A Biography

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Abraham: call of as spiritual quest, 94; and offering of Isaac, 232–238; walking with God, 50
accommodation of Scripture to human intellects, 161–162
accommodation of Scripture to science: ended in nineteenth century, 182, 195; seen as unnecessary, 175–176
Adam: curse on, 201–202; Kafa’s Josef K as, 221; naming of animals, 257n25; twofold creation of, in Philo, 92–93
Adam, glory of: in apocalypticism, 70–75, 105; becomes Christ’s glory in new Testament, 76–77; and Desert Fathers, 104
Adam, Last, 75–79
Adam and Eve, 39–44; Luther’s criticism of Platonic interpretation, 122; in nineteenth century biblical scholarship, 184–185. See also Eve
African peoples, justification for enslavement of, 197–204
“afterlife” of a text as transformation, 4
Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants (Luther), 127–128
Alan of Lille, 115
allegorical interpretation: Augustine on, 111–112; Luther’s criticism of, 123–124; by Paul, 96–97; in Philo, 55–56, 91–92; Rabelais’s criticism of, 134–135. See also figural interpretations
Allegorical Interpretation (Philo), 55–56
ambiguity in J, 23, 41, 43
angels in Qumran community, 71–72
antiquity of the earth and chronology of Genesis, 179
apocalyptic communities. See Essenes (Qumran community)
apocalyptic dualism, 79–82. See also dual reality
apocalyptic expectations as anachronism, 4


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