Discovering Genesis

Discovering Genesis

Content, Interpretation, Reception

Iain Provan


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This introduction to the interpretation of Genesis encourages in-depth study of the text, and genuine grappling with the theological and historical questions raised, by providing a critical assessment of key interpreters and interpretative debates. It draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text- and reader-centred), as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of understanding the text. It also reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts, increasingly viewed as a vital aspect of interpretation rather than an optional extra.


Iain Provan:
Iain Provan
Iain Provan is Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, Vancouver. He has written numerous articles and several books, including commentaries on Lamentations, 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.