The Legends of Genesis

William Herbert Carruth, Hermann Gunkel

The Legends of Genesis
Legare Street Press
18 July 2023

The Legends of Genesis

William Herbert Carruth, Hermann Gunkel

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First published in 1901, this book is a groundbreaking work of biblical scholarship that applies modern methods of literary analysis to the book of Genesis. Gunkel, a German theologian, argues that the stories in Genesis are not historical accounts but rather a collection of myths and legends that evolved over time. He identifies recurrent motifs and themes, analyzes the structure and style of the text, and explores the cultural and religious contexts in which the stories were originally composed. This book is a landmark in the history of biblical criticism and a must-read for anyone interested in the interpretation of the Bible.

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