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When imageship was lowered from heaven : a study of the genre and functions of Genesis 5 in light of comparative literature

Author: Brenden Lang; Richard E Averbeck
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest, 2018. ©2018
Dissertation: M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 2018
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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One trend in the last forty years of the comparative study of Genesis 5 has been to devalue the comparative worth of texts like the Sumerian King List and the Babyloniaca of Berossus, and to emphasize the literary uniqueness of Genesis 5. Some scholars have hoped to mitigate the excessive claims of others who have identified these ancient Near Eastern analogs as ancestors of Genesis 5 by classifying Genesis 5 as sui  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brenden Lang; Richard E Averbeck
ISBN: 9780355862577 0355862573
OCLC Number: 1037017420
Notes: Advisor: Richard E. Averbeck.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 218 pages) : text file (PDF)
Contents: The history of the comparative study of Genesis 5 --
Genre theory, comparative studies, and the comparative possibilities of Genesis 5 --
Genesis 5 as linear theology --
Genesis 5 as primeval chronographic text --
Genesis 5 as (part of) narrative --
Summary and conclusions.
Responsibility: Brenden Lang.

Abstract:

One trend in the last forty years of the comparative study of Genesis 5 has been to devalue the comparative worth of texts like the Sumerian King List and the Babyloniaca of Berossus, and to emphasize the literary uniqueness of Genesis 5. Some scholars have hoped to mitigate the excessive claims of others who have identified these ancient Near Eastern analogs as ancestors of Genesis 5 by classifying Genesis 5 as sui generis, and therefore, not open to comparison. However, this methodology is not consistent with research in genre theory. Genre theorists suggest that genres are at once a necessary component for communication, but also subject to fluctuation and transformation as the needs of critics and communicators change. Genres may be fluid in scope, in focus, and shift over time. Moreover, texts may mix genres and incorporate subgenres. The uniqueness of a genre does not imply that a text is incomparable and unrelated to other genres. All texts necessarily use recognizable generic conventions because without conventions, a text would be incommunicable. The best way to develop competence for understanding the generic conventions of Genesis 5 is to compare it with the various genres it has mixed. These genres are linear genealogy, primeval chronographic texts, and narrative. Genesis 5 compares to linear genealogies of the Near Eastern world in that it legitimizes a claim on behalf of the people of Israel by linking Israel and his descendants with Adam who was created in the image and likeness of God. Genesis 5 compares to primeval chronographic texts in that it uses advanced ages to indicate that the surrounding narratives are set within the inconceivably distant or mythological past. Genesis 5 relates to narratives of the Bible and the ancient Near East on two levels. It has incorporated short narrative elaborations. It is also embedded within the larger narrative of Genesis. Narrative is therefore the secondary genre of Genesis 5. Genesis 5 is more than a connecting bridge between the stories of Adam and Noah. Genesis 5 participates in the larger narrative of Genesis through the use of features typical in biblical narrative.

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