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Author Carr, David McLain, 1961- author.

Title The formation of Genesis 1-11 : biblical and other precursors / David M. Carr
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (293 pages)
Contents Cover -- half title -- The Formation of Genesis 1-11 -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction -- 1. Precursors to the Priestly Creation Account (Gen 1:1-​2:3) -- 2. Precursors to the Eden Narrative (Gen 2:4b-​3:24) -- 3. The Formation of Narratives about Adam and Eve's Descendants (Genesis 4) -- 4. The Book of the Toledot (Descendants) of Adam (Genesis 5 -- 11:10-​26 and Related Texts) -- 5. The First Noah and the Sons of God and Daughters of Humanity (Gen 5:29 -- 6:1-​4 -- 9:18-​27) -- 6. Precursors to the Flood Narrative (Gen 6:5-​9:17) -- 7. Aftermath to the Flood: Layers in the Coverage of Noah's Descendants in Gen 9:18-​11:9 -- 8. The Non-​P Primeval History: Layers and Dating -- 9. The Priestly Primeval History and Conflation of P and Non-​P: Layers and Dating -- Bibliography -- Select Index of Primary Text Citations -- Index of Subjects
Summary "There is general agreement that study of the formation of the Pentateuch is currently in disarray. This book turns to the Genesis Primeval History, Genesis 1-11, to offer models for the formation of Pentateuchal texts that might have traction within this fractious context. Building on two centuries of historical study of Genesis 1-11, this book provides new support for the older theory that the bulk of Genesis 1-11 was created out of a combination of two originally separate source strata: a Priestly source and an earlier non-Priestly source that was used to supplement the Priestly framework. Though this overall approach contradicts some recent attempts to replace such source models with theories of post-Priestly scribal expansion, Carr does find evidence of multiple layers of scribal revision in the non-P and P sources: from the expansion of an early independent non-Priestly primeval history with a flood narrative and related materials through to a limited set of identifiable layers of Priestly material that culminate in the P-like redaction of the whole. Finally, the book synthesizes prior scholarship to show how both the P and non-Priestly strata of Genesis also emerged out of a complex interaction by Judean scribes with non-biblical literary traditions, particularly with Mesopotamian textual traditions about primeval origins"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 24, 2020)
Subject Bible. Genesis, I-XI -- Criticism, Textual
Bible. Genesis, I-XI.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019035963
ISBN 019006255X