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Genesis, the Movie
Capon offers a whimsical yet wonderfully fruitful approach - watching the Bible as a historical movie whose director is God.
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 25th 2003 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published 2003)
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I wish that I could give a one and a five at the same time. He can switch from atrocious to fantastic in two sentences in this nontraditional commentary on the first section of genesis and a commentary on Augustine's commentary on Genesis. He wants to try and have the historicity of the bible not be important, but still be able to interpret it historically(blech). yet his comments are often very profound and moving and display that he is wonderfully moved by the text of Genesis that he loves. He ...more
An infuriatingly delightful read. This is Capon at his best/worst/best again. A lengthy commentary on Genesis 1-3 where Capon invites readers to watch and see the creation and fall cinematically. Capon heavily interacts with Augustine's De Genesi ad Litteram, which makes for an interesting blend of contemporary and ancient exegesis. At times this was a fun read, occasionally exhausting, sometimes maddening, a few points where it soared. It's classic Capon. It's not the first Capon read I'd recom ...more
I really only skimmed through this book after the fourth chapter. But what I had time to read was great. Capon is a brilliant author. He carries some quasi-controversial views about atonement, but if the reader just runs along with the way he theologizes a story--and narrates biblical theology--the book remains an edifying (and surprisingly helpful) commentary on the beginning of Genesis. It's not a straight forward commentary though. It's more like listening to the director (Capon) of a film pi ...more
Much to ponder as you read this book. Capon is always orthodox, but challenges much of contemporary comfort in the understanding of the Genesis text (first three chapters). The big challenge will be to rethink good and evil, both as essential to creation...
Robert Farrar Capon was a lifelong New Yorker and served for almost 30 years as a parish priest in the Episcopal Church. His first book, Bed and Board, was published in 1965 and by 1977 left full-time ministry to devote more time to writing books, though he continued to serve the church in various capacities such as assisting priest and Canon Theologian. He has written twenty books on theology, co ...moreMore about Robert Farrar Capon...