Genesis Ideology: Essays on the Uses and Meanings of Stories

Genesis Ideology: Essays on the Uses and Meanings of Stories

by David H. Aaron

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Overview

Genesis Ideology explores the purpose of stories in the book of Genesis as building blocks for ancient Israelite culture. This book exposes the intersection of the author's ideological agenda and the contemporary reader's interpretive practice. This volume, written for a general readership, is informed by contemporary scholarly approaches to biblical literature as well as questions of contemporary relevance.

""On very rare occasions, a book appears that screams, 'Read me!'Genesis Ideologyis such a book. In clear and cogent language, David Aaron provides an original framework for understanding the book of Genesis in light of the ideological concerns of its authors. Drawing on his vast knowledge of Ancient Near Eastern literature and modern literary theory, Aaron allows seemingly familiar biblical passages to yield novel, ethical, and religious meanings. This book will richly reward its readers!""
--David Ellenson, Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University; Chancellor Emeritus, former President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

David H. Aaron is Professor of Hebrew Bible and the History of Interpretation at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati). His books include Biblical Ambiguities (2001) and Etched in Stone (2006).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532609459
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 1,082,822
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

David H. Aaron is Professor of Hebrew Bible and the History of Interpretation at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati). His books include Biblical Ambiguities (2001) and Etched in Stone (2006).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Book of Genesis 1

1 Thoughts on Method and Biblical Interpretation 9

2 Immortality Missed: Genesis 1-3 23

3 Family Trees, Branches, and Identity: Genesis 19 29

4 Understanding Origins: A Survival Strategy 34

5 The Ethics of Our Stories: Genesis 18-19 42

6 On the Permanence of Graves: Genesis 23 48

7 Recognizing Torah Voices: Genesis 27 55

8 Our (More-or-Less) Four Matriarchs: Genesis 28-31 61

9 A People by Any Other Name: Genesis 32-33 67

10 Lost Literature: Introduction to the Joseph Story 71

11 Absolute Exile 77

12 Fantasy, Ancient Jewish Style 84

13 Ideological History 89

14 Entering Exodus 91

Epilogue 99

Afterword 103

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