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Old Testament theology.
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What is a theology of Genesis? Towards a theology of Genesis The contested nature of theology Historical criticism and socially-valued knowledge Ideological criticism of the biblical text A proposal for a theology of Genesis Biblical text and canonical contexts Text and contexts: an example On reading Genesis 1-11 Building on the history of interpretation Noah and the flood The perspective and convention embodied in the use of Hebrew language Literary conventions and theological interpretation Genesis 1: picturing the world A first reading of Genesis 1 Genesis 1 in relation to its possible compositional context Genesis 1 in relation to alternative ancient pictures Jon D. Levenson's reading of Genesis 1 Genesis 1 and evolutionary biology Genesis 1 and alternative pictures of the world: a proposal Genesis 2-3: Adam and Eve and the fall James Barr on Genesis 2-3 A reformulated version of the traditional interpretation Is a gnostic precedent a good precedent? Identifying the key issue Rereading the narrative Genesis 4: Cain and Abel Exposition of Regina M. Schwartz's interpretation A theological reading of Cain and Abel Conclusion: Doing well in demanding circumstances Genesis 6-9: cataclysm and grace Reflections on some characteristic modern approaches Pentateuchal criticism and reading strategy The flood in Genesis and the epic of Gilgamesh A characteristic postmodern anxiety Towards a theological interpretation of the flood narrative The collocation of Genesis 6:5 with 8:21 The evil-thought clause in Genesis 8:21 Reading the story without the evil-thought clause Israel and the world, Sinai and the flood On reading Genesis 12-50 The patriarchs as a problem for Jewish observance of Torah Genesis as a compositional and religio-historical problem A third way : a canonical approach Genesis as the Old Testament of the Old Testament On interpreting the revelation of the divine name The distinctive patterns of patriarchal religion Theological issues in a canonical approach to the patriarchal narratives Genesis 12:1-3: a key to interpreting the Old Testament? A contemporary Christian approach to Genesis 12:1-3 An alternative reading of Genesis 12:1-3 The idiomatic meaning of blessing The significance of the proposed reading Theological interpretation as a continuing task Exegesis and theology On evaluating Gerhard von Rad's interpretation A Jewish-Christian dimension Genesis 12:3a: a biblical basis for Christian zionism? Why Christians should support Israel Some factors in the use of scripture An appeal to the plain sense of the text Merely human words? Possible significance of the patriarchal and non-settled context Some observations on unconditional divine promises The bearing of the New Testament upon Christian appropriation of the Old Testament Conditionality and Christian attitudes towards Jews Who are the children of Abraham? Politics and self-interest Genesis 22: Abraham, model or monster? Interpretive clues within the biblical text Model or monster? some factors for making progress De-instrumentalizing Isaac The nightmare scenario A Christian epilogue Abraham and the Abrahamic faiths Exposition of Karl-Josef Kuschel's account of Abraham Preliminary critique of Kuschel Jon D. Levenson's critique of Kuschel Should we continue to speak of Abrahamic faiths/religions? Genesis 37-50: Joseph The Joseph narrative in Gerhard von Rad's analysis Analysis of Von Rad's account Re-envisioning key elements in the Solomonic enlightenment hypothesis Re-envisioning the Joseph narrative in relation to Proverbs Joseph's treatment of his brothers Divine sovereignty and human activity.