I am reading a little gem right now by Bill Cooper, The Authenticity of the Book of Genesis. (Yes, I have at least a half dozen books going at any one time. That is my Kindle Paperwhite in the photo, which I love – and I have no arrangement for remuneration with Amazon).
I am already predisposed to love anything from Bill Cooper’s pen, as his After the Flood: the Early Post- Flood History of Europe is one of the treasures of my library. This is in the same class. The three parts mentioned in the title are: The Antiquity of Genesis, Flood Traditions from Around the World, and The Genesis Flood Tablet. I just have to share a few of the nuggets I am finding. You will not regret purchasing your own copy, I am positive of that (only available for Kindle right now, as the paperback edition is out of print).
In Chapter 3: The ‘Mystery’ of the Toledoth (in which the antiquity of the numerous occurrences of the Hebrew toledoth, found in Genesis, are discussed):
“The other nine toledoth in Genesis are to be found in 6:9, 10:1, 11:10, 11:27, 25:12, 25:19, 36:1, 36:9, and 37:2. We need not worry ourselves too much about the headaches which these toledoth give the ‘Higher Critics.’ The very presence of toledoth in the Book of Genesis makes a complete muddle of all that they hold dear, cutting right through the baseless notions of J, E, P, and D. This, of course, is very distressing for them and we mustn’t laugh.”
I admit it, not being as wise as Bill, I laughed out loud.