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.

sonants alone are represented in the transcription; vowels are provided only in those instances where Cassuto has indicated these himself. Likewise the Tetragrammaton is always transcribed with-out vowels, thus: YHWH. For Biblical names ( including the books of the Bible) and rabbinic works and authorities, the customary spelling, even though not strictly scientific, has been retained. Considerable use has been made of italics. These indicate not only words emphasized by the author but also all passages quoted from the Bible. In addition the following two symbols have been employed: the end of each Scriptural text to be annotated is marked by ]; but if the quotation is immediately followed by square brackets, a slanting stroke (/) is placed between them and the subsequent comment. This stroke is also used to indicate the caesura in the Biblical lines. I would conclude with a brief, but deepfelt, word of thanks to all who helped me in various ways to carry out my work of transla-tion, and enabled it to be published in its present form. First, I desire to convey my gratitude to Mr. Silas S. Perry, after whom the Perry Foundation for Biblical Research in the Hebrew University is named, for his unfailing encouragement, invaluable suggestions, and consistent help in numerous directions; were it not for his generous idealism and friendship this translation would never have seen the light of day. My warm thanks are tendered to Professor Isaac L. Seeligmann for his gracious assistance in solving a number of problems. Lack of adequate library facilities in South Africa compelled me to sub-mit to him a whole series of queries ( involving, inter alia, the tracing of a number of references), to which he replied with pains-taking care characteristic of his fine scholarship. His courtesy and counsel to one who was a complete stranger to him will always remain with me a fragrant memory. I am likewise indebted to Dr. Milka Cassuto- Salzmann, the daughter of the author, for her valuable assistance. Apart from reading the proofs and preparing the indexes with exemplary skill and patience, she also rendered a great service to the undertaking by many helpful suggestions and was instrumental in assuring the accuracy of the rendering at various points. TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD XI   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 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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