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Selected, Annotated Bibliography on the Book of Genesis

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Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1981.
Although not a commentary on Genesis, Alter uses many of the events and persons in Genesis to demonstrate the use of literary techniques. He is not committed to the historicity of Genesis, but his evaluations of the literary features of the book are extremely valuable!

Cassuto, Umberto. A Commentary on the Book of Genesis. 2 Vols. Translated by Israel Abrahams. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1961.
A enormous amount of material on the first part of Genesis (through 13:5 where the work ends due to Cassuto's death). Good use of ancient literary backgrounds, Rabbinic traditions, Jewish theology, and poetic analysis.

Dodds, Marcus. The Book of Genesis. The Expositors Bible. Edited by Sir W. Robertson Nicoll. New York: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d.
This older work is out of print, but would be valuable to access through a library because of Dodd's theological/applicational approach.

Fokkelman, J. P. Narrative Art in Genesis. Assen Amsterdam: Van Gorcum Press, 1975.
Although Fokkelman only covers the Dispersion at Babel (Gen. 11:1-9) and the Jacob cycles, his approach is unique as he unveils the literary character of these units. Unfortunately, it is out of print.

Geisler, Norman L. A Popular Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977.
This broad overview will not only be a good introductory tool for your study of the book of Genesis but also as a reference when studying the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Kidner, Derek. Genesis An Introduction and Commentary. The Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove: Inter-varsity Press, 1967.
This is an excellent one volume commentary which addresses significant issues in the book without being exhaustive. He is at times profound, though brief.

Keil, C. F. Genesis. In vol. 1: The Pentateuch: Three Volumes in One. Translated by James Martin. Commentary on the Old Testament. 10 vols. N.p/; reprint ed., Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1973.
This older work wrestles with critical questions, but does continue to offer the student helpful interaction with the Hebrew text and theology.

Morris, Henry, and Whitcomb, John C. The Genesis Flood. Philadelphia: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1961.

Morris, Henry. The Twilight of Evolution. Nutley, N.J.: Perwpyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1964.
Both works by Morris argue against evolution, and argue for an early date of creation, as well as a universal flood.

Rad, Gerhard von. Genesis: A Commentary. Translated by John H. Marks. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961.
Rather than an exegetical commentary, this is a theological analysis of Genesis. Although he is very critical, and analysis source theories, he is helpful in formulating a biblical theology of Genesis.

Ross, Allen P. Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of the Book of Genesis. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988.
This work, written by a former professor at Dallas Seminary, is designed to help several levels of reader from the serious student, to the pastor, to the scholar. Its value is especially in its theological approach to the book. In addition, Ross provides exegetical outlines of each unit and full message statements. Each chapter is concluded with a periodical bibliography for further reading.

________. Genesis. In The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty: Old Testament pp. 15-102. Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1985.
Although necessarily brief, Ross concisely develop foundational introductory questions, and helps the reader to walk through the logic of the book.

Schaeffer, Francis A. Genesis in Space and Time. In The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian World View: Volume Two: A Christian View of the Bible as Truth. Westchester: Crossway Books, 1982. First published as an individual work in 1972.
Schaeffer's great strength was in writing for the sake of the modern man as he wrestled with the truths of Scriptures. He is theological, but extreemly practical as he develops the implications of the Genesis 1-11.

Smith, A. E. Wilder, Man's Origin, Man's Destiny: A Critical Survey of the Principles of Evolution and Christianity. Translated by A. D. Wilder-Smith. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, Inc. 1975.
Wilder-Smith works in a conservative fashion with questions of evolution, creation, date of the earth, and dinosaurs.

Walton, John H. Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1978.
Although this work covers more than the events in Genesis, it is extreemly valuable as a reference source for information gathered in chart form concerning general OT information, archaeology, chronology, creation to the patriarchs, the soujourn to the conquest, the judges, the united monarchy, the divided monarchy, the return from exile, and poetry books.

Wood, Leon. A Survey of Israel's History. Grand Rapids: Xondervan Publishing House, 1970.
This introductory history of the nation Israel provides an excellent introduction to the chronology of Genesis and its role at introducing the nation of Israel through the patriarchs.


Harrell, David A. An Effective Mother is first a Woman. IBC Perspective ?(?): 88-96.
Using Genesis three, Harrell argues for functional roles of maleness and femaleness as men and women relate to one and other in marriage. He develops a model of Larry Crabb's.

Rooker, Mark F. Genesis 1:1-3: Creation or Re-Creation? Parts I and II Bibliotheca Sacra 149 (1992: July/Sept.; Oct/Dec): 316-23; 411-27.
Rooker examines the creation account and refutes Waltke's approach of a re-creation in Genesis 1:1-3. Rooker holds to an initial chaos theory where the chaos occurred in connection with the original creation.

Waltke, Bruce K. The Creation Account in Genesis 1:1-3. Part I, Introduction to Biblical Cosmology; part 2, The Restitution Theory; part 3, The Initial Chaos Theory and the Precreation Chaos Theory; part 4, The Theology of Genesis 1; part 5, The Theology of Genesis 1, continued. BibSac 132 (1975): 25-36, 136-144, 216-228, 327-342; 133 (1976): 28-41.
These works are must reading! Waltke argues well for a recreation view of Genesis 1. His discussions of ANE cosmology and biblical theology from Genesis 1 are very helpful.

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