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This translation of Genesis 1-11 follows the Hebrew text closely and leaves in what many translations leave out: physicality, ambiguity, repetition, even puns. Bray and Hobbins also draw deeply from the long history of Jewish and Christian interpretation. Their translation and notes offer the reader wisdom and delight.

Genesis 1-11: A New Old Translation

  • Samuel L. Bray is a professor of law at UCLA.


    John F. Hobbins is a pastor and scholar of biblical Hebrew. He has taught at the Waldensian Theological Seminary in Rome and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.