The Book of Genesis (The Great Courses)

The Book of Genesis The Great Courses Course Lecture TitlesOn Reading the Book of GenesisGenesis The First Creation StoryGenesis The Second Creation StoryAn Overview of Ancient Israelite HistoryThe Ancient Near EastThe JEDP Theory

  • Title: The Book of Genesis (The Great Courses)
  • Author: Gary A. Rendsburg
  • ISBN: 9781598031904
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Course Lecture TitlesOn Reading the Book of GenesisGenesis 1, The First Creation StoryGenesis 23, The Second Creation StoryAn Overview of Ancient Israelite HistoryThe Ancient Near EastThe JEDP Theory and Alternative ApproachesGenesis 68, The Flood StoryGenesis 9, CovenantGenesis 1222, The Abraham StoryWhen and Where Did Abraham Live Genesis 2122, Abraham Put to the TestWomCourse Lecture TitlesOn Reading the Book of GenesisGenesis 1, The First Creation StoryGenesis 23, The Second Creation StoryAn Overview of Ancient Israelite HistoryThe Ancient Near EastThe JEDP Theory and Alternative ApproachesGenesis 68, The Flood StoryGenesis 9, CovenantGenesis 1222, The Abraham StoryWhen and Where Did Abraham Live Genesis 2122, Abraham Put to the TestWomen in the BibleSarah and HagarGenesis 24, A Bride for IsaacThe Barren Woman and the Younger SonThe Literary Structure of GenesisDifferent Bible TranslationsGenesis 27, Jacob and EsauGenesis 29, Jacob and RachelThe Date of the Book of GenesisGenesis 37, Joseph and His BrothersGenesis 38, The Story of Judah and TamarGenesis 39, The Story of Potiphars WifeThe Egyptian Background of the Joseph StoryOne Last Textand the Text as a Whole

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    • Thomas says:

      A thorough examination of the Book of Genesis, a great exercise in close reading, and a fine introduction to the bible as a work of literature as well as a religious document. Prof. Rendsburg does not hold back his opinion of certain approaches (he is particularly critical of the "documentary hypothesis") but his explanations are clear and fair despite his objections. The lectures bog down a bit when he indulges his obsession with chronology, and his delivery is a little stiff at times. (He remi [...]

    • Jane Lebak says:

      If I had my way, Dr. Gary Rendsburg’s course on “The Book of Genesis” would be mandatory for every Christian, Jew, historian, lover of language, and student of the human spirit. Let’s start this review by giving the course five stars.Background: I had the privilege of taking two courses with Dr. Rendsburg in Cornell University’s Near Eastern Studies department, and they were the best two classes I took in college. When this course became available through The Teaching Company, I made s [...]

    • Jeff Miller says:

      From "The Great Courses" series, these area an excellent set of lectures on The Book of Genesis with a lot of interesting information presented quite well. I especially like how the professor would present multiple explanations for certain aspects and present which one he favors. Multiple theories and explanation are presented. The interpretations are pretty much from a world view of a believing Jew, but a to that is presented also fits quite well into Catholic biblical scholarship. I didn't ent [...]

    • Jim says:

      I have a somewhat mixed assessment to this course-on-CD. On the one hand, Rendsburg is a top-notch scholar who knows the original text (and language), the traditions of interpretation, and comparative and historical contextual material extremely well. He gives wonderfully detailed close readings of individual episodes in Genesis that show just how rich, nuanced, and subtle those stories from a literary/storytelling perspective. In particuarly, his analysis of seemingly minor differences when cer [...]

    • Alexis says:

      I found this a very informative and well done lecture series. What was most interesting was his deviation from the more accepted Biblical Scholarship that tries to connect everything in the Pentateuch (or Torah) to the Documentary Hypothesis. I am a big advocate of the JEPD Theory, but Rendsburg adeptly presents explanations and reasons as to why it should not be the only theory considered. I, myself, am a believer that the likelihood of a single theory being perfectly and exactly right is highl [...]

    • Alexis says:

      6: interesting, but a bit too praising

    • Kim says:

      This is a twelve hour course on the book of Genesis taught by a Biblical Maximalist (those who view archaeology and the Bible support each other for the most part). However, he believes that Abraham existed about 1000 - 1200 BCE, the Egyptian captivity was only for three generations and the numbers of people in the Exodus was much less than found in the Bible. He points out how people of that time tracked time and illustrates it with similar cultures of today. He also points out how the ages of [...]

    • Gpsz says:

      Newest stuff I ever knew about Genesis.

    • Tom says:

      Fascinating literary approach to such a famous text. makes you appreciate its brilliance without forcing a faith based acceptance on the listener. drive time well spent

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