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.

My grateful thanks are also due to a number of experts who put their special knowledge at my disposal: to Dr. M. Spitzer for re-peated guidance in typographical matters, which conduced to the aesthetic appearance of the work; to Dr. S. E. Loewenstamm for his erudite advice on questions appertaining to Ugaritic literature; and to the Central Printing Press for the conscientious and meti-culous manner in which they carried out their task. Finally, my thanks go out to the Hebrew University for best-owing its imprimatur on the translation and arranging for it to be printed by the Magnes Press, an honour of which I am deeply conscious and for which I am truly grateful. I am especially in-debted to Professor B. Mazar, the President of the University, for the personal interest he has taken in the enterprise. It was in no small measure due to his understanding of the permanent significance of Cassuto’s Commentaries for our knowledge of Scrip-ture that this translation came to fruition. In helping to make this monumental work of Biblical scholarship and exegesis available to a far wider circle of readers than the original could have reached, the Hebrew University is putting the world once again in its debt by deepening our knowledge of the Torah and by spreading its moral and spiritual truths to the ends of the earth. I      A        Cape Town. January, 1959. Tebeth, 5719. TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD XII   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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