The Names of God: Poetic Readings in Biblical Beginnings

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
ONE / THE NAMES OF GOD: THE PROBLEM: A PRELIMINARY REVIEW3
A Meta-literary Address to the Problem: Source-Analysis6
An Essentially Literary Address to the Problem: Cassuto8
The Names of God in Nonnarrative Texts and the "Evolution" of Biblical Monotheism12
Excursus: On the Names of God in the Psalter12
On the Evolution of Biblical Monotheism13
On Terms for Divinity, Common and Proper16
The names 'Elohim and YHWH17
YHWH Introduces Himself by Name19
The Patriarchs' Use of the Name YHWH25
The Solution to the Problem: A (Literary) Hypothesis27

PART I STORIES--"THE PRIMEVAL HISTORY"
TWO / THE CREATION STORY IN GENESIS, CH. 1:1-2:4A37
The Bearing of Enuma elish on Genesis 137
The Genesis Creation Story: Translation39
The Genesis Creation Story: Commentary on Days One to Six41
Review of Diction in the Six Days of Creation47
Literalism and Metaphor in Genesis 1 and Enuma elish50
A Poetic Reading of Enuma elish53
Paganism and Biblical Religion Compared and Contrasted57
Pagan and Biblical Anthropology: A Contrast62
THREE / EDEN AND EDEN'S AFTERMATH71
The Story of Eden72
Sexuality, Sapience, and Civilization86
Sexuality and Death: Their Nexus88
Why Must Man Die?91
The Eden Mythos: Its Kerygma94
Aftermath of Eden: Second Generation, Second Banishment97
Poetical Review of Eden vis-à-vis the Creation Story100
Poetical Review of the Names of God103
The Compound Name: YHWH-Elohim105

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One the Names of God - The Problem: a Preliminary Review 3
  • Part I Stories-- "The Primeval History" 35
  • Two the Creation Story in Genesis, Ch. 1:1-2 37
  • Three Eden and Eden's Aftermath 71
  • Four the Floods of Noah and Utnapishtim - Theology Straight and Theology Satiric 111
  • Five from Noah to Abram 167
  • Six Events in the Life of Abraham 186
  • Part II Structures 299
  • Seven Structures as a Biblical Literary Phenomenon 301
  • Supplements, Conclusions, Anticipations 387
  • Eight Poetical Odds and Addends 389
  • Afterword 435
  • Notes 436
  • Selected Bibliography 458
  • Index 460
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