Be Fruitful and Multiply

A Crux of Thematic Repetition in Genesis 1-11

By Andrew J. Schmutzer

Be Fruitful and Multiply

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  • ISBN: 9781606084403
  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 9/15/2009
  • Retail Price: $32.00
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Web Price: $25.60

Be Fruitful and Multiply

A Crux of Thematic Repetition in Genesis 1-11

By Andrew J. Schmutzer

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  • ISBN: 9781606084403
  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 9/15/2009
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60

About-

In this study, Andrew J. Schmutzer puts his hand to an in-depth study of the Creation Mandate, known within Reformed theology as the Cultural Mandate. His analysis focuses on key texts of God's blessing in Genesis 1-11. In particular, Schmutzer explores the theological significance of Genesis 1:28 using a biblical-theological approach sensitive to the biblical literature. Delving into such issues as the nature of divine blessing, humankind's royal stewardship, and the role of the image of God, this study draws the reader back to the biblical text as the "lead carriage" for foundational questions in contemporary faith. The result is theological "grist," primed to address the related issues of ecological crisis, social oppression, gender studies, and eco-theology. How one understands the Creation Mandate has serious implications. Be Fruitful and Multiply provides a sharp tool to help address these serious issues.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Schmutzer's capable hands guide the reader through a close reading of selected texts in Genesis 1-11 that will reward the efforts of anyone who desires to unpack all the literary and exegetical details of the foundational Creation Mandate from a position of believing criticism. In the process he provides a model of exegetical theology for those who want to understand the text on its own terms rather than wielding advocacy readings to 'subdue and rule' the text of Genesis."
--John H. Walton
Wheaton College and Graduate School

"Schmutzer's study is an important contribution to the exegesis and biblical theology of Genesis 1-11 that deserves to be taken seriously by interpreters by reason of its depth of research, clarity of expression, and precision of argumentation. I heartily endorse it."
--Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
Dallas Theological Seminary

"This is an important study on a topic of central importance for biblical anthropology. The author has done a careful analysis of the passage itself and has provided a useful survey of a number of previous interpretations of it as well as of its occurrences elsewhere in Scripture. Serious students of Genesis, as well as those more broadly interested in what it is to be human from a biblical perspective will find this work to be of interest."
--David W. Baker,
Ashland Theological Seminary

"In this volume Andrew Schmutzer has published the results of his long-term exegetical, contextual, inter-textual, literary, historical, theological, cultural, and implicational investigation of the creation mandate in Genesis 1, its co-texts in Genesis 1-11, and related texts elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible. His work is both thorough and penetrating, and it is conservative in terms of its submission to the text exegetically, hermeneutically, and theologically . . . This is a very helpful monograph on one of the most important and debated sections of the Bible."
--Richard E. Averbeck,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Contributors-

Andrew J. Schmutzer

Bio(s)-

Andrew J. Schmutzer (PhD, Trinity International University) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. He is the author of numerous essays and articles, including a forthcoming commentary on Ruth and Esther.

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