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.

foundations on which the Graf- Wellhausen school rested their do-cumentary theories and expositions. Cassuto’s strictures  in regard to one particular point of interpretation ( p. 190)  aptly summarize his criticism of the prevailing expository method  as a whole. ‘ This method,’ he writes, ‘ which establishes a given principle a priori, without taking into consideration what is expressly stated in the text, and then, placing the passage upon the Procrustean bed of that principle, hacks off the textual limbs that do not fit into the bed, can hardly be accepted as valid.’ It is true that Cassuto had precursors, and that inevitably his own theories were subjected to thorough- going criticism. Nevertheless, if today the documentary hypothesis is seriously challenged, no small measure of tribute for this revolt against the unwarranted ‘ vivisection’ of the Bible on the basis of flimsy analysis is due to Cassuto, who met the Higher Critics with a panoply of scholarly apparatus that fully matched their own. In view of the intrinsic value of our author’s distinguished con-tribution to the elucidation of the Torah, one cannot but wish that his writings were known to a far wider public. The pellucid clarity of his exposition and the purity of his classic Hebrew style made his Pentateuchal commentaries immediate best sellers in Israel. But outside the Jewish State, only the higher echelons of Bible scholars were able to read his Hebrew works. To the ordinary student of Scripture— both Jewish and non- Jewish— his writings remained a sealed book, and his very name is unknown outside a limited circle of students. It was, therefore, with a sense of unfeigned privilege that I ac-cepted the invitation to render the Cassuto commentaries into En-glish. I am convinced that the general reader as well as the scholar will welcome the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the illuminating results of this great exegete’s researches. I can but humbly hope that the translation will not obscure the many ex-cellencies of the original. From the outset I realized that I was at a great disadvantage in not being able to consult the author on various questions inherent in turning a work of this character from one language into another. One example must suffice to illustrate a host of analagous problems: TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD VIII   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


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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePART ONE. FROM ADAM TO NOAHTranslator's ForewordKey to the TransliterationContentsPrefaceSection One: The Story of Creation (i 1ii 3)IntroductionIntroductory verse (i 1)First Paragraph: The Story of the First Day (i 25)Second Paragraph: The Story of the Second Day (i 68)Third Paragraph: The Story of the Third Day (i 913)Fourth Paragraph: The Story of the Fourth Day (i 1419)Fifth Paragraph: The Story of the Fifth Day (i 2023)Sixth Paragraph: The Story of the Sixth Day (i 2431)Seventh Paragraph: The Seventh Day; end of the Section (ii 13)Section Two: The Story of the Garden of Eden (ii 4iii 24)IntroductionIntroductory verse, Transition from Previous Section (ii 4)First Paragraph: Creation of Man (ii 57)Second Paragraph: The Planting of the Garden of Eden (ii 814)Third Paragraph: Adam's Task in the Garden of Eden (ii 1517)Fourth Paragraph: Creation of Woman (ii 1825)Fifth Paragraph: Adam's Sin (iii 17)Sixth Paragraph: The Judgment and the Sentence (iii 821)Seventh Paragraph: The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (iii 2224)Section Three: The Story of Cain and Abel (iv 126)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Birth and Occupations of Cain and Abel (iv 12)Second Paragraph: The Story of the Murder (iv 38)Third Paragraph: The Murderer's Sentence (iv 9l6)Fourth Paragraph: The Descendants of Cain (iv 1722)Fifth Paragraph: Lamech's Song (iv 2324)Sixth Paragraph: The Birth of Seth and Enosh (iv 2526)Section Four: The Book of the History of Adam (v 1vi 8)IntroductionRubric of Section (v 1a)First Paragraph: Adam (v 1b5)Second Paragraph: Seth (v 68)Third Paragraph: Enosh (v 911)Fourth Paragraph: Kenan (v 1214)Fifth Paragraph: Mahalalel (v 1517)Sixth Paragraph: Jared (v 1820)Seventh Paragraph: Enoch (v 2124)Eighth Paragraph: Methuselah (v 2527)Ninth Paragraph: Lamech (v 2831)Tenth Paragraph: Noah (v 32)Eleventh Paragraph: The Story of the Sons of God and the Daughters of Men (vi 14) .Twelfth Paragraph: Punishment is decreed on the Generation of the Flood, but Grace is shown to Noah (vi 58)IndexesI. Biblical ReferencesII. Other Literary ReferencesIII. Notabilia
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