The book of Genesis recites the beginnings of the cosmos and its inhabitants. It also reveals the beginning of evil. Before long, evil infests God’s good creation. From there, good and evil coexist and drive the plot of Genesis.
In Evil in Genesis, Ingrid Faro uncovers how the Bible’s first book presents the meaning of evil. Faro conducts a thorough examination of evil on lexical, exegetical, conceptual, and theological levels. This focused analysis allows the Hebrew terminology to be nuanced and permits Genesis’ own distinct voice to be heard. Genesis presents evil as the taking of something good and twisting it for one’s own purposes rather than enjoying it how God intended. Faro illuminates the perspective of Genesis on a range of themes, including humanity’s participation in evil, evil’s consequences, and God’s responses to evil.
Dr. Ingrid Faro offers us a treasure trove of insight into evil in Genesis! Through a linguistic analysis of “evil” in Genesis and a close reading of evil in the plot of Genesis, Faro lays the essential groundwork for a biblical theology of good and evil and does not shy away from the ethical and theological implications of her study. From insight into how evil correlates with perception and how prominent good and evil are across Genesis, I had many moments of illumination while reading this volume.
–Andrew T. Abernethy, associate professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
[Ingrid Faro’s] contextual, lexical-literary approach offers helpful insights and interesting connections between evil, sight, perspective, and goodness. Definitely a must read for those who are interested in these concepts!
–May Young, associate professor of biblical studies, Taylor University
Too often, scholars reflect on the subject of evil from theological or apologetic viewpoints. In contrast, Faro takes a step back and argues that the investigation should naturally begin when “evil” began, in the narrative plot of Genesis. Employing lexical-literary, contextual, and theological analysis, she provides the advanced student with a fresh approach on the study of good and evil and offers fresh insights for our understanding of evil. Navigating the data presented may pose a challenge to some, but anyone involved in the serious study of Scripture will read with profit and delight.
–Joseph Tan, dean, School of Theology, TCA College, Singapore
Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key topics and issues in biblical studies and biblical theology from an evangelical perspective.
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Ingrid Faro is former dean of academic affairs and visiting professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois, and associate professor of Old Testament at the Skandinvisk Teologisk Högskola (Scandinavian School of Theology) in Uppsala, Sweden.