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Genesis Calendar

The Synchronistic Tradition in Genesis 1-11

Genesis Calendar

The Synchronistic Tradition in Genesis 1-11

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Hardback

£84.00

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761819684
Number of Pages: 400
Published: 04/04/2001
Width: 14.4 cm
Height: 22 cm
Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, there has been a debate about the relationship of the covenanters and their library to Jerusalem's Temple, as well as speculation about the viability of their 364-day calendar (seen also in Jubilees and First Enoch). Gardner's thesis is that the calendar was viably constructed in the post exilic period by the pre-Hasmonean Jerusalem priesthood using Babylonian expertise, and that synchronistic schemes (one very like Qumran's Mishmarot, in combining lunar, solar and 364-day data) are deliberately concealed in the Massoretic text of the Primeval History, in the puzzling ages of the patriarchal genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11.

Bruce K. Gardner

Bruce K. Gardner is Honorary Research Fellow in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK, and Visiting External Course Tutor in Apocalyptic, the McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He taught Theological Education by Extension in Lima, Peru, and maintains lively contact (in Spanish) with the Latin American world. He has also taught Foundational Theology and Philosophy in the Continuing Education Department, Aberdeen University, UK, and was Teaching Fellow in Hebrew Bible, in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies there.

... readers will... be rewarded by Gardner's poignant insights into the nature of ancient calendars, his unique analogies within and beyond the ancient Near East of calendrics, and the intriguing analyses of biblical passages in which he finds covert references to calendrics. -- Heidi M. Szpek, Central Washington University Specialists studying ancient calendar systems and exegetes interested in Gen 11:10-26 will profit from consulting this study. International Review Of Biblical Studies ...Gardner presents us with a remarkable discovery. His work must be read by anyone interested in ancient calendars. -- Sacha Stern, SOAS/London School of Jewish Studies Dead Sea Discoveries Dr. Bruce Gardner's book should engage the serious attention of all who are interested in calendrical issues and in the interpretation of Genesis. -- James C. VanderKam, author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Today ... readers will... be rewarded by Gardner's poignant insights into the nature of ancient calendars, his unique analogies within and beyond the ancient Near East of calendrics, and the intriguing analyses of biblical passages in which he finds covert references to calendrics. -- Heidi M. Szpek, Central Washington University Specialists studying ancient calendar systems and exegetes interested in Gen 11:10-26 will profit from consulting this study. International Review Of Biblical Studies ...Gardner presents us with a remarkable discovery. His work must be read by anyone interested in ancient calendars. -- Sacha Stern, SOAS/London School of Jewish Studies Dead Sea Discoveries

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