By Isaac Asimov

The start of time. The foundation of existence. In our Western civilization, there are influential debts of beginnings. One is the biblical account, compiled greater than thousand years in the past by way of Judean writers who dependent a lot in their pondering at the Babylonian astronomical lore of the day. the opposite is the account of contemporary technological know-how, which, within the final century, has slowly equipped up a coherent photo of ways all of it begun. either characterize the easiest taking into account their instances, and during this line-by-line annotation of the 1st 11 chapters of Genesis, Isaac Asimov conscientiously and evenhandedly compares the 2 debts, mentioning the place they're comparable and the place they're different.

"There isn't any model of primeval background, previous the discoveries of contemporary technology, that's as rational and as inspiriting as that of the ebook of Genesis," Asimov says. although, human wisdom does elevate, and if the biblical writers "had written these early chapters of Genesis understanding what we all know this present day, we will ensure they'd have written it thoroughly differently." Isaac Asimov brings to this interesting topic his wide-ranging wisdom of technological know-how and history—and his award-winning skill to give an explanation for the complicated with accuracy, readability, and wit.

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E. BARNES, The Psalms I, London 1931, S. XVIIff; C. L. FEINBERG, "The Date of the Psalms", BS 104, 1947, S. 426ff; MOWINCKEL, GfJersang, S. 44, 122; E. J. KISSANE, The Book of Psalms I, Dublin 1953, S. XXVII f. Recht scharf wendet sich auch bereits W. NOWACK in der 3. Aufl. von H. HUPFELDS Psalmenkommentar (Gotha 1888, S. XLI f) gegen das "kindische Hypothesenspiel" der Historisierungen. AIs einziger chronologisch zu fixierender Psalm wird gemeinhin Ps. lxxiv angesehen, indem man zumal in Vers 4 und 9 deutliche Beziehungen auf die Geschichte der Makkabaerkampfe und die Entweihung des Tempels durch Antiochus IV.

I, S. 316 f zu Ps. " II, S. 653 zu Ps. cxxxii: "Erinnerung eines Nachkommen Davids an die Verdienste seiner Ahnen ... " - Bemerkenswert zurtickhaltend ist dagegen der ebenfalls jtidische Kommentator A. B. EHRLICH (Die Psa/men, Berlin 1905). Eine erwahnenswerte eigene Historisierung bietet E. lediglich zu Ps. cxxvii, indem er diesen Psalm wie schon Theodor von Mopsuestia - auf die Situation des Wiederaufbaus im nachexilischen Jerusalem bezieht, und zwar speziell auf den Mange! an jungen Mannern, den die VerstoBung aller den Juden von heidnischen Frauen geborenen Kinder nach Esr.

3) Vg!. oben S. 9f. 4) Umfassende Kritik an der historisierenden Psalmenerklarung hat zuerst DE WETTE in seine m Psalmenkommentar, besonders in der vierten Auflage von 1836, geubt, indem er immer wieder auf den allgemeinen Charakter vieler Psalmen und das Fehlen von personlichen und zeitlichen Beziehungen hingewicsen hat. Vg!. bes. zu den Ps. viii, xvi, xx, xxiii, xxv, xxxii, xxxvii, lxv, lxxii, lxxxiii, civ, cxiii, cxix f, cxxiii, cxxvii f, cxxxiii. Neben DE WETTE ist C. VON LENGERKE zu nennen, der weder die in den Psalmenuberschriften vorhandenen Historisierungen anerkennt, noch diese selbst durch eigene zu ersetzen sucht (vg!.

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