Lewis Van Tuyl papers
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This vellum-bound volume (7.5"x5.5") contains 303 densely written pages of commentary on the Book of Genesis, composed between May 31, 1663, and November 13, 1664. The author dated the commentaries roughly once a month, and sequentially covered Genesis 13:1-25:34, including much of the story of Abraham and the beginning of the story of Jacob. The author wrote commentaries for individual verses, occasionally running several pages in length, and he or she often provided a summary of the events described in the original text. Questions, accompanying answers, and additional observations explore the verses in greater depth and provide an interpretation of their meaning, occasionally referring to additional Bible verses.
The signature of J. Green is on the first page of the manuscript, dated 1708. "Saml. Gerrish" appears on the same page.