The Polemic Language of Genesis

A lecture by Dr. David Neiman

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Professor Neiman examines the intriguing ways in which the author of the first chapter of Genesis uses loaded, polemic language to starkly contrast Israelite cosmology with the pervasive pagan cosmologies of the first millennium B.C.E. While the Canaanites, Greeks and Babylonians turned natural phenomena into a multitude of gods and goddesses, the Israelite cosmology saw only one God.