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By Paul R. Williamson

ISBN-10: 1841271527

ISBN-13: 9781841271521

The divine gives you to Abraham have lengthy been well-known as a key to the ebook of Genesis as an entire. yet their kind, frequently famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they fluctuate every time, and the way are they regarding one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson makes a speciality of the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're excited by distinctive yet similar matters. Genesis 15 promises God's promise to make Abraham right into a nice kingdom, whereas Genesis 17 focuses mainly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the international locations. the 2 chapters are hooked up, besides the fact that, by means of the topic of anyone, royal descendant who will come from the state (Israel) and mediate blessing to the entire countries of the earth.

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F. Keil, F. Delitzsch, U. Cassuto, N. Sarna, V. Hamilton, G. Wenham). 105 The one obvious and important difference among those who advocate such a reading of the Abraham narrative relates to how they handle the novel material in Genesis 17. Not all advocates of this view have correctly acknowledged that such innovations have serious ramifications for reading Genesis 17 simply in terms of covenant renewal. 106 It is somewhat unsatisfactory to suggest that the differences between Genesis 15 and 17 (in the promissory emphasis and in the nature of the covenant) can really be incorporated under umbrella terms like 'confirmation', 'elaboration' and 'expansion'.

17. 2. Approaches to Genesis 15 and 17 37 descendants, nations and kings). e. Gen. e. / am Yahweh in Gen. 15 and 28; / am El Shaddai in Gen. T. 59 Rather, the earlier covenantal promises are here refined, especially in relation to the legitimate covenant heir. Thus understood, the Genesis 17 pericope serves to clarify which of the nations descended from Abraham will inherit the land of Canaan permanently. Summary and Assessment Given the lack of explicit comment before Calvin, it is difficult to pinpoint when and by whom the interpretation of Genesis 15 and 17 as two stages of a single covenant between God and Abraham was initially proposed.

128. Cf. Chapter 5 Section 3. 2. Approaches to Genesis 15 and 17 51 the patriarch. 130 For Speiser the verb in Gen. 2 conveys the sense of establishing P's covenant (parallel to the initial step recorded in Gen. 131 Several of the more recent studies on Genesis continue to promote the basic source-critical premise that Genesis 15 and 17 reflect different literary sources,132 though there is a more cautious approach to 129. S. Herbert, Genesis 12-50: Abraham and his Heirs (Torch Biblical Commentaries; London: SCM Press, 1962), pp.

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