Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article originally appeared in In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel (2014) by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen.
Abstract: In the preface and introduction to Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen’s detailed commentary on the final chapters of the book of Moses (6-8) and the closing chapters of the primeval history of Genesis (6-11), the authors describe the significance of this book to them personally, tell why they take the often-parodied stories of Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel seriously, and show how deeply the accounts in these chapters are interwoven with temple themes. The arrangement of text, illustrations, source, citations, and the use of ancient sources are described.
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