A Commentary on the Book of...

One of the greatest masterpieces of Jewish Biblical scholarship directed against the Documentary Hypothesis or so-called Higher Critisism.

TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD I      be an everlasting source of regret to all lovers of the Bible that Professor Umberto Cassuto died before he was able to complete his magnum opus, the Commentary on the Pentateuch. In the words of Bialik: ‘ The song of his life was cut off in the middle . . . And lo! the hymn is lost for ever!’ But even the ‘ unfinished symphony’ shows all the qualities of the master. He illumines every passage of the Bible that he annotates. With profound insight he reveals the inner meaning of Scriptural teaching against the background of history. He enables us to see the fascinating process of the evolution of ideas in the ancient world; and he sets the Biblical contribution to the progress of our conception of God and His providence, of the mystery and wonders of creation, of the unfoldment of the moral law within the human heart, in their true perspective. In doing all this, Prof. Cassuto, we are conscious, not only uncovers some of the noblest founda-tions of modern civilization, but he orients our minds anew to Hebraic ideals, which have their roots in antiquity, but the golden fruit of whose unending yield has much to offer Jew and Gentile alike in solving the contemporary crisis, fraught with so much danger to mankind as a whole, and in helping to formulate the constitution of the brave new world envisioned by the prophets. Cassuto brought a wealth of scholarship to bear on his work. His almost unrivalled knowledge of ancient Semitic literature, his authoritative understanding of all branches of Biblical inquiry, and his outstanding critical acumen marked him as one of the great Bible exegetes of our age. Endowed with a mind of unusual originality, he pioneered novel scientific methods of interpretation that amounted to a new approach to some of the major exegetical problems of the Book of books, and enabled him to batter the VII   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

A Commentary on the Book of Genesis (Part I): from Adam to Noah


About Book A Commentary on the Book of Genesis (Part I): from Adam to Noah

Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePART ONE. FROM ADAM TO NOAHTranslator's ForewordKey to the TransliterationContentsPrefaceSection One: The Story of Creation (i 1–ii 3)IntroductionIntroductory verse (i 1)First Paragraph: The Story of the First Day (i 2–5)Second Paragraph: The Story of the Second Day (i 6–8)Third Paragraph: The Story of the Third Day (i 9–13)Fourth Paragraph: The Story of the Fourth Day (i 14–19)Fifth Paragraph: The Story of the Fifth Day (i 20–23)Sixth Paragraph: The Story of the Sixth Day (i 24–31)Seventh Paragraph: The Seventh Day; end of the Section (ii 1–3)Section Two: The Story of the Garden of Eden (ii 4–iii 24)IntroductionIntroductory verse, Transition from Previous Section (ii 4)First Paragraph: Creation of Man (ii 5–7)Second Paragraph: The Planting of the Garden of Eden (ii 8–14)Third Paragraph: Adam's Task in the Garden of Eden (ii 15–17)Fourth Paragraph: Creation of Woman (ii 18–25)Fifth Paragraph: Adam's Sin (iii 1–7)Sixth Paragraph: The Judgment and the Sentence (iii 8–21)Seventh Paragraph: The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (iii 22–24)Section Three: The Story of Cain and Abel (iv 1–26)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Birth and Occupations of Cain and Abel (iv 1–2)Second Paragraph: The Story of the Murder (iv 3–8)Third Paragraph: The Murderer's Sentence (iv 9–l6)Fourth Paragraph: The Descendants of Cain (iv 17–22)Fifth Paragraph: Lamech's Song (iv 23–24)Sixth Paragraph: The Birth of Seth and Enosh (iv 25–26)Section Four: The Book of the History of Adam (v 1–vi 8)IntroductionRubric of Section (v 1a)First Paragraph: Adam (v 1b–5)Second Paragraph: Seth (v 6–8)Third Paragraph: Enosh (v 9–11)Fourth Paragraph: Kenan (v 12–14)Fifth Paragraph: Mahalalel (v 15–17)Sixth Paragraph: Jared (v 18–20)Seventh Paragraph: Enoch (v 21–24)Eighth Paragraph: Methuselah (v 25–27)Ninth Paragraph: Lamech (v 28–31)Tenth Paragraph: Noah (v 32)Eleventh Paragraph: The Story of the Sons of God and the Daughters of Men (vi 1–4) .Twelfth Paragraph: Punishment is decreed on the Generation of the Flood, but Grace is shown to Noah (vi 5–8)IndexesI. Biblical ReferencesII. Other Literary ReferencesIII. Notabilia
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