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.

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x 3 S E C T I O N O N E T H E F LO O D CHAPTER VI, VERSE 9— CHAPTER IX, VERSE 17 INTRODUCTION § 1.            describes in detail the fulfilment of the Divine decision mentioned at the end of the preceding section. There it is briefly stated that the Lord resolved to bring general retribution upon mankind because of their evil deeds, and to blot them and all living creatures from the face of the ground; But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. With this passing reference the section closes. Why Noah found grace in the Lord’s eyes and how he was saved when the fearful punishment came is related in our section with epic elaboration. Noah, the man of perfect righteousness, was, on account of his righteousness, vouchsafed deliverance, together with his whole family and representatives of every species of animal, from the waters of the Flood, which the Lord had brought upon the earth in order to destroy all flesh. In this way there was a renewal of life on the face of the earth after the Deluge, and the blessing that was given to the First Man at the time of his creation was realized in Noah and his seed. Here also, as in the story of Creation, the Torah controverts, in a number of respects, the tradition that was widespread among the neighbouring peoples concerning the Flood, and possibly, to some extent, even the stories that were current among the Israelites in early times. In this instance, too, the opposition of Scripture does not find expression in polemic or argument, but is merely implied in the modified account of the events. This new version inculcates important doctrines in conformity with the Torah’s ideology. Primarily, it seeks to teach that the world is judged in accordance with righteousness, and that the Judge of the whole earth always acts justly towards both the wicked and the righteous. This is the basic teaching of the section; we shall revert to it later

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 9ix 17)IntroductionRubric of Section (vi 9a)Act One: The Punishment (vi 9bvii 24)First Paragraph: The Corruption of All Flesh and the Righteousness of the Good Man (vi 9b12)Second Paragraph: Noah is told of the Coming Doom and is enjoined to make the Ark (vi 1322)Third Paragraph: The Command to enter the Ark (vii 15) .Fourth Paragraph: The Fulfilment of the Injunction to enter the Ark (vii 69)Fifth Paragraph: The Beginning of the Flood (vii 1016)Sixth Paragraph: Water upon the Earth (vii 1724)Act Two: The Deliverance (viii 1ix 17)Seventh Paragraph: The First Rays of Light (viii 114)Eighth Paragraph: The Command to leave the Ark (viii 1517)Ninth Paragraph: The Exit from the Ark (viii 1822)Tenth Paragraph: God's Blessing to Noah and his Sons (ix 17)Eleventh Paragraph: The Divine Promise to fulfil and extend the Covenant (ix 811)Twelfth Paragraph: The sign of the Covenant (ix 1217)Section Two: The Sons of Noah (ix 18xi 9)General IntroductionOpening Verses of Section (ix 1819)A. The Story of Noah's Intoxication (ix 2029)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Incident (ix 2023)Second Paragraph: Blessing and Curse (ix 2427)Concluding Verses: Death of Noah (ix 2829)B. The History of the Sons of Noah (x 132)IntroductionThe Rubric (x 1a)Introductory Words (x 1b)First Paragraph: The Descendants of Japheth (x 25)Second Paragraph: The Descendants of Ham (x 620)Third Paragraph: The Descendants of Shem (x 2131)Conclusion of Chapter (x 32)C. The Story of the Generation of Division (xi 19)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: Many are the plans in the mind of man (xi 14)Second Paragraph: It is the purpose of the Lord that will be established (xi 59)Section Three: The History of the Sons of Shem (xi 1032)IntroductionRubric of Section (xi 10a)First Paragraph: Shem (xi 10b11)Second Paragraph: Arpachshad (xi 1213)Third Paragraph: Shelah (xi 1415)Fourth Paragraph: Eber (xi 1617)Fifth Paragraph: Peleg (xi 1819)Sixth Paragraph: Reu (xi 2021)Seventh Paragraph: Serug (xi 2223)Eighth Paragraph: Nahor (xi 2425)Ninth Paragraph: Terah (xi 26)Tenth Paragraph: The History of Terah (xi 2732)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 19)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Lord's Command and Promises (xii 14)Second Paragraph: Abram's Journeys in the Land of Canaan (xii 59)Section Two: Abram goes down to Egypt (xii 10xiii 4)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Journey down to Egypt (xii 1013)Second Paragraph: Danger (xii 1416)Third Paragraph: Salvation (xii 1720)Fourth Paragraph: The Return to the Land of CanaanSection Three: Lot Parts from Abram (xiii 518)IntroductionFirst Paragraph: The Disputes (xiii 57)IndexesI. Biblical ReferencesII. Other Literary ReferencesIII. Notabilia
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