Evil in Genesis

A Contextual Analysis of Hebrew Lexemes for Evil in the Book of Genesis

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Ingrid Faro
  • Bellingham, WA: 
    Lexham Press
    , February
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Paige Simpson forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

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.



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