NEW! BAS Scholars Series

Thursday, August 26, 2021
8:00-9:00 pm Eastern
Virtual Seminar

The Book of Genesis: Tracing the Origins of the Ancestral Narratives

- Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University

The new BAS Scholars Series program offers a quarterly stand-alone presentation by noted scholars of the Bible and archaeology. Each insightful hour-long presentation focuses on one select subject of the speaker’s expertise. Professor Gary A. Rendsburg is our first presenter. Access the exciting BAS Scholars Series through Zoom.

Presentation

The Book of Genesis: Tracing the Origins of the Ancestral Narratives

Professor Rendsburg highlights key discussions from his chapter, “The Ancestral Narratives,” in BAS’ highly acclaimed new fourth edition of Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple.

The stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, along with their primary wives Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, are among the best known stories in the Bible.

Questions he addresses:

 · Who wrote these compelling stories of ancient Israel’s early
  ancestors?

 · What was their purpose?

 · For whom were they written?

 · Why are these stories filled with so much intrigue, everything
  from deception to fraternal strife?

 · Why are the women always barren?

 · Why do younger sons always supersede their older brothers?

Rendsburg will show how the author of Genesis fortunately left sufficient clues in the mysterious ancestral narratives that actually help answer many of these questions. Somewhat like a detective story, these literary clues allow us to produce a credible reconstruction of how, why, and when the Book of Genesis was written.


Read Rendsburg’s “The Ancestral Narratives” chapter in the new fourth edition of Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. This widely acclaimed book offers superb, accessible writing from acknowledged specialists in the field. Published by BAS. Order your copy today!

Speaker

Gary A. Rendsburg

Gary A. Rendsburg is the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. His teaching and research focus on the literature, history, and archaeology of ancient Israel. He also publishes on ancient Egypt, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew manuscript tradition, and Jewish life in the Middle Ages. [More Bio]

Price

  • Full payment $10 per person
  • Final date to register August 16, 2021

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