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From Father to Son

Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis

From Father to Son

Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis

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Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780664251161
Number of Pages: 220
Published: 01/04/1991
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
The family narratives in the book of Genesis are important in understanding the meaning of the book and are fundamental to the unfolding story of the birth of the Israelite nation. Devora Steinmetz sees kinship in ancient narratives as a symbolic structure representing the ability of the emerging culture to survive despite conflict that threatened society's existence. The family narratives in Genesis reflect a culture's capacity to survive as a united people. The Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation series explores current trends within the discipline of biblical interpretation by dealing with the literary qualities of the Bible: the play of its language, the coherence of its final form, and the relationships between text and readers. Biblical interpreters are being challenged to take responsibility for the theological, social, and ethical implications of their readings. This series encourages original readings that breach the confines of traditional biblical criticism.

Devora Steinmetz

Devora Steinmetz teaches Talmud and Midrash at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City. She is the author of From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and Punishment and Freedom: The Rabbinic Construction of Criminal Law.

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