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The Legends of Genesis

Hermann Gunkel

1. 1 - Chapter 1 - The Significance and Scope of the Legends
2. 2 - Chapter 2 - The Varieties of the Legends
3. 3 - Chapter 3 Part 1 - The Literary Form of the Legends
4. 4 - Chapter 3 Part 2 - The Literary Form of the Legends
5. 5 - Chapter 3 Part 3 - The Literary Form of the Legends
6. 6 - Chapter 4 Part 1 - History of the Development of the Legends in Oral Tradition
7. 7 - Chapter 4 Part 2 - History of the Development of the Legends in Oral Tradition
8. 8 - Chapter 5 - Jahvist, Elohist, Jehovist, Later Collections
9. 9 - Chapter 6 - Priestly Codex and Final Redaction

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The Legends of Genesis is the English translation of the introduction to Gunkel’s massive commentary, Genesis. Gunkel uses form critical analysis on the text of Genesis to determine the various genres of the biblical legends and their significance to the authors. Gunkel also uses form criticism to uncover buried clues as to the constituent sources of the text. Gunkel offers his hypothesis to explain how the various sources came to be combined and redacted, and how the text later came to be attributed to Moses.