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Title: Plot-structure of Genesis: 'Will the Righteous Seed Survive?�' in the Muthos-logical Movement from Complication to Denouement
Author: Patterson, Todd L
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004362505
Volumes: 1; Pages: 246
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In The Plot-structure of Genesis Todd L. Patterson argues that Genesis is organized by a development from complication to d�nouement. The question 'Will the righteous seed survive?' drives the narrative to climax. Gen 4 sets up the complication. Cain and Abel are the seed of the woman who should lead humanity back to God's creation-sanctuary. Because Cain does not master sin, his unrighteousness threatens the survival of the seed. Each narrative toledot division develops this theme until denouement in the Joseph narrative when God ensures the survival of the promised seed. By showing how plot integrates with the widely recognized toletot structure, prominent motifs, and enigmatic features of the text, Todd L. Patterson provides a surprisingly novel interpretation of Genesis.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of Tables List of Abbreviations 1 Introduction: The Story of Plot and the Book of Genesis The Story of Plot The Moral of the Story of Plot Two Criteria for Assessing Plot-structure The Plot of Genesis What is Righteousness? 2 A Muthos-logical Reading Strategy for Genesis The Toledat Headings and the Plot-structure of Genesis Thomas? Ready-made Solution? The Influence of Genealogy on the Macrostructure of the Text Steinberg, Tengstrom, and Koch and the Genealogico-narrative Arrangement of Genesis A Suggested Macrostructure for the Book of Genesis A Summary of the Approach 3 In the Beginning: The Return to God?s Creation-sanctuary Genesis 1: The Sanctuary as the Controlling Metaphor for Creation Genesis 2-3: Can Humanity Return to God's Creation-sanctuary? Comparing and Contrasting Genesis 3-4: Delineating Two Lines of Seed Summary: The Complication that Drives the Narrative 4 The Noah Plexus: The Undoing of the Undoing of Creation The Structure of the Narrative The Creation Allusions in the Flood Narrative Parallels in ANE Literature A Thinking Together of the Flood Narrative The Shem, Ham and Japheth toledot The Noah Plexus Summary 5 The Terah Plexus: Testing the Righteousness of Abraham The Structure of the Narrative Enigmatic Features of the Terah T�led�t Strand Abraham as the Promised, Righteous Seed Who is the Heir? The High Point of Confusion is the Turning Point of the Narrative Abraham's Lack of Righteousness Threatens the Survival of the Seed Confluence of the Righteousness and Seed Motifs and the Climax of the Plot The Terah Plexus Summary 6 The Isaac Plexus: Whatever Happened to the Righteousness of the Seed? The Structure of the Narrative The Development of the Plot of the Isaac Toledot The Isaac Plexus Summary 7 The Jacob Plexus and Denouement: God Will Ensure the Righteousness and Survival of the Seed The Structure of the Narrative Identifying the Plot of the Narrative: Cain and Abel Redivivus 8 Conclusion: Plot-structure in Genesis and Beyond The Paradigm Shift of Muthos-logical Reading Evaluating the Plot-structure with Two Control Questions The Implications of Plot-structure in Genesis and Beyond Bibliography Index