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vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS In the course of preparing this commentary, I have amassed several debts of grati-tude. First and foremost, I must express my profound appreciation to Chaim Potok for his vision, encouragement, patience, sound judgment, and skilled editorial la-bors. I am deeply indebted to Marvin Fox, who graciously read the entire manu-script with a critical scholarly eye. I have greatly profited from his numerous sugges-tions and insights. Sheila F. Segal, editor- in- chief of the Jewish Publication Society, and her dedicat-ed staff, Barbara Spector, Linda R. Turner, Ilene Cohen, and Amy M. Gewirtzman, as well as Yonina Segal, have all rendered indispensible assistance in the preparation of this work. Adrianne Onderdonk Dudden deserves special recognition for her expert work in designing this book. Maier Deshell, former editor of the Society, participated in the earliest stages of the project. It is my pleasant duty also to ac-knowledge the generous assistance of Bernard I. Levinson and Nathan Barnett, former executive vice presidents of the Jewish Publication Society, Jerome J. Shestack, past president of the Society and chairman of its Commentary Committee, and Richard Malina, now executive director. I also benefited from the invaluable assistance of the staffs of the libraries of Brandeis University and the Hebrew College, Boston. I take this opportunity to thank my former students, Joel Leeman, Gail Fried-man Cohen, and Marc Brettler, for their help, and particularly Nehama Stampfer Glogower, who typed the entire manuscript and made several improvements. I am also grateful to Rachelle and Saul Isserow, Sheila and Lee Mondshein, Bruce and Mina Gillers, Shirley and Louis Newman, Saul Leeman, and Morris Silverman for their valuable judgments. My sons, David E. Y. Sarna and Jonathan D. Sarna, gave freely of their specialized expertise. Francine Klagsbrun, Judah Goldin, and Edward Goldberg all provided their wise counsel. Above all, I must thank my wife, Helen, for her patient support, and her unstinting and loving care. Nahum M. Sarna

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FRONT MATTERPATRONSTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageACKNOWLEDGMENTSCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONGLOSSARYLIST OF ABBREVIATIONSMAPSTHE ANCIENT NEAR EASTTHE PATRIARCHAL WANDERINGSTHE COMMENTARY TO GENESISCreationEden and the Expulsion: The Human ConditionReality Outside EdenThe Book of GenealogiesNoah and the FloodEpilogue: The Regeneration and Reordering of SocietyThe Depravity of CanaanThe Table of NationsThe Tower of BabelFrom Shem to Abraham: Transition to the PatriarchsGod's Election of AbrahamAbram's Rescue of LotThe Covenant Between the PiecesSarah, Hagar, and the Birth of IshmaelThe Covenant in the FleshThe Character of Abraham; The Nature of GodThe Destruction of Sodom and GomorrahAbraham, Sarah, and AbimelechThe Akedah: The Binding of IsaacThe Offspring of NahorThe Cave of MachpelahThe Betrothal of IsaacThe Genealogies of AbrahamIsaac, Father of Two NationsThe Adventures of IsaacJacob Purloins the BlessingJacob's Encounter with GodJacob's MarriagesThe Birth of Jacob's ChildrenJacob and Laban: The FinaleJacob and Esau Once AgainReunion and ReturnThe Ravishing of DinahThe Bethel TraditionFamily AffairsThe Line of EsauPrologue to the Joseph StoryJudah and TamarJoseph in Potiphar's HouseholdJoseph in PrisonJoseph's Liberation and Rise to PowerJoseph and His Brothers — Once AgainThe Second Journey to EgyptThe Brothers' Last TrialThe ReconciliationThe Migration to EgyptJoseph's Agrarian PoliciesJacob Prepares for DeathThe Testament of JacobMourning and BurialJoseph and His Brothers: The FinaleNOTES TO THE COMMENTARYEXCURSUSES1. The Cherubim2. The Chronology of the Flood3. The Noachide Commandments4. “Abram the Hebrew”5. Pidyon Shevuyim: “Redemption of Captives”6. Melchizedek7. 'El ‘ Elyon8. Creator of Heaven and Earth”9. Ben Meshek – Dammesek 'Eli‘ ezer10. Angelology11. 'El Shaddai12. Circumcision13. The Cities of the Plain14. Beer-sheba15. The Land of the Philistines16. The Land of Moriah17. The Meaning of the Akedah18. The Akedah in Jewish Tradition19. The Hittites of Hebron20. “God of the Father”21. Jacob: The Moral Issue22. Bethel23. The Twelve Sons and the Twelve Tribes24. Jacob's Struggle with the Angel25. The Name “Israel”26. Shechem27. Ephrath, Rachel's Tomb, and Migdal- eder28. The Edomite King List29. Joseph and Potiphar's Wife30. The Genealogical ListsNOTES TO THE EXCURSUSESWEEKLY TORAH READINGS FROM THE BOOK OF GENESISBe-re'shitNoahLekh LekhaVa-Yera'Hayyei SarahToledotVa-Yetse'Va-YishlahVa-YeshevMikketsVa-YiggashVa-Yehi
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