tohu vabohu (was: Re: new subscriber)

Lee R. Martin lmartin at
Tue Nov 30 09:51:17 EST 1999

Dear Armando,
One of the problems with Doukhan's work, as well as several other studies of
Gen. 1 -11, is that they ignore Genesis as a creative whole.  Gen 1 may be
studied individually from a form-critical point of view, as may Gen 2, the
flood story, the tower of Babel, etc. The history/stages of the text may
also be investigated.  But  when we begin to compare  Gen 1 to Gen 2 in
their present form,  then we must consider the composition of the entire
book of Genesis.  Gen 1-2 does not exist as a literary work apart from the
rest of Genesis.
Lee R. Martin

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Subject: RE: tohu vabohu (was: Re: new subscriber)

> Hi,
> Just a quick word to share with you what I learned from my Hebrew teacher
> (Dr. Jacques Doukhan, currently teaching at the USA), who had his ThD with
> dissertation on Genesis and the creation accounts.
> To him, both accounts of the creation (Gen. 1 and 2) were parallels (I
> haven't got enough time to explain this and I haven't got enough knowledge
> to defend this) and tohu vanobu was in parallel with the expression in Gen
> 2:5 where it says there was nothing on earth.
> Dr. Doukhan's ThD dissertation was published (I don't think his PhD
> dissertation in France was published) and is available. I already found
> publisher and have the address at home, should anyone want to request info
> on this book. I also have the email address of Dr. Doukhan and will be
> than happy to forward any question to him.
> Just my 2 cents
> Armando
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