A Commentary on the Book of...

By extending his method of exegesis in this volume to another section of the Torah, Cassuto indirectly buttressed his theories with new evidence of the inherent rightness of his approach.

fined to the sidra or pericope ‘ Noah’ ( Gen. vi 9– xi 32).  Subsequenteditions, however,  included a fragment of the next pericope  ( ibid.xii 1– xvii 27)  on which the author had started to work with theintention of producing  a companion volume to his first two com-mentaries on Genesis; he named the new book, Abraham And The Promised Land. Man proposes . . . It was not, alas, Cassuto’s destiny, to our infinite sorrow, to complete his plans. At the fifth verse of the thirteenth chapter of the first book of the Torah the pen fell from his strengthless hand. The sudden and untimely passing of Cassuto, when he was at the height of his scholarly creativity, was an immeasurable loss to Jewish scholarship as a whole, and more specifically to Bible re-search and exposition. Even the fragment from the third volume of his commentary on Genesis is a brilliant example of exegetical writing. I shall, I believe, be voicing the views of many Biblical exegetes when I declare that we cannot but be grateful that this segment of his contemplated work was vouchsafed us, although the heart yearns for what the maestro still had in his mind but was not granted to bequeath to us in writing. As in the case of the earlier volumes that I translated, I wish to acknowledge my debt of gratitude to all who assisted me in my labours. My heartfelt thanks go out in the first instance to Mr. Silas S. Perry, the munificent founder of The Perry Foundation for Biblical Research in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’ for his unfailing understanding, encouragement and inspiration. Dr. S. E. Loewenstamm came to my aid on all Ugaritic problems, and directly and indirectly helped me to unravel other baffling questions. Dr. Milka Cassuto- Salzmann prepared the Indexes and, as convener of the proof- readers, saw the book through the press with true filial devotion and zeal for correctness in every detail. The Printers had a major struggle in satisfying a fastidious and oft- times trying trans-lator, but emerged triumphant. To all these, and others whom I cannot mention here, I wish to convey my sincere and grateful appreciation. I      A        Cape Town December, 1962 Kislev, 5723 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 II): from Noah to Abraham


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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePART TWO. FROM NOAN TO ABRAHAMTranslator's ForewordKey to the TransliterationContentsPrefaceSection One: The Flood (vi 9–ix 17)IntroductionRubric of Section (vi 9a)Act One: The Punishment (vi 9b–vii 24)First Paragraph: The Corruption of All Flesh and the Righteousness of the Good Man (vi 9b–12)Second Paragraph: Noah is told of the Coming Doom and is enjoined to make the Ark (vi 13–22)Third Paragraph: The Command to enter the Ark (vii 1–5) .Fourth Paragraph: The Fulfilment of the Injunction to enter the Ark (vii 6–9)Fifth Paragraph: The Beginning of the Flood (vii 10–16)Sixth Paragraph: Water upon the Earth (vii 17–24)Act Two: The Deliverance (viii 1–ix 17)Seventh Paragraph: The First Rays of Light (viii 1–14)Eighth Paragraph: The Command to leave the Ark (viii 15–17)Ninth Paragraph: The Exit from the Ark (viii 18–22)Tenth Paragraph: God's Blessing to Noah and his Sons (ix 1–7)Eleventh Paragraph: The Divine Promise to fulfil and extend the Covenant (ix 8–11)Twelfth Paragraph: The sign of the Covenant (ix 12–17)Section Two: The Sons of Noah (ix 18–xi 9)General IntroductionOpening Verses of Section (ix 18–19)A. The Story of Noah's Intoxication (ix 20–29)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Incident (ix 20–23)Second Paragraph: Blessing and Curse (ix 24–27)Concluding Verses: Death of Noah (ix 28–29)B. The History of the Sons of Noah (x 1–32)IntroductionThe Rubric (x 1a)Introductory Words (x 1b)First Paragraph: The Descendants of Japheth (x 2–5)Second Paragraph: The Descendants of Ham (x 6–20)Third Paragraph: The Descendants of Shem (x 21–31)Conclusion of Chapter (x 32)C. The Story of the Generation of Division (xi 1–9)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: Many are the plans in the mind of man (xi 1–4)Second Paragraph: It is the purpose of the Lord that will be established (xi 5–9)Section Three: The History of the Sons of Shem (xi 10–32)IntroductionRubric of Section (xi 10a)First Paragraph: Shem (xi 10b–11)Second Paragraph: Arpachshad (xi 12–13)Third Paragraph: Shelah (xi 14–15)Fourth Paragraph: Eber (xi 16–17)Fifth Paragraph: Peleg (xi 18–19)Sixth Paragraph: Reu (xi 20–21)Seventh Paragraph: Serug (xi 22–23)Eighth Paragraph: Nahor (xi 24–25)Ninth Paragraph: Terah (xi 26)Tenth Paragraph: The History of Terah (xi 27–32)Bibliographical NotesAppendix. A Fragment of Part III: Abraham and the Promised LandGeneral Introdution to the Pentateuchal Stories about AbrahamSection One: Abram comes to the Land of Canaan (xii 1–9)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Lord's Command and Promises (xii 1–4)Second Paragraph: Abram's Journeys in the Land of Canaan (xii 5–9)Section Two: Abram goes down to Egypt (xii 10–xiii 4)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Journey down to Egypt (xii 10–13)Second Paragraph: Danger (xii 14–16)Third Paragraph: Salvation (xii 17–20)Fourth Paragraph: The Return to the Land of CanaanSection Three: Lot Parts from Abram (xiii 5–18)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Disputes (xiii 5–7)IndexesI. Biblical ReferencesII. Other Literary ReferencesIII. Notabilia
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