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Abraham, Israel, and the nations : the patriarchal promise and its covenantal development in Genesis

Author: Paul R Williamson
Publisher: Sheffield : Sheffield Academic Press, ©2000.
Series: Journal for the study of the Old Testament., Supplement series ;, 315.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The divine promises to Abraham have long been recognized as a key to the book of Genesis as a whole. But their variety, often noted, also raises literary and theological problems. Why do they differ each time, and how are they related to each other and to the story of Abraham? Williamson focuses on the promises in Genesis 15 and 17 and concludes that they are concerned with two distinct but related issues. Genesis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Abraham.; Abraham, (Patriarche biblique)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul R Williamson
ISBN: 1841271527 9781841271521
OCLC Number: 46403911
Description: 309 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Approaches to the relationship between Genesis 15 and 17 --
The covenants in Genesis 15 and 17 compared and contrasted --
The promissory focus of the 'covenant between the pieces' --
The promissory focus of the 'covenant of circumcision' --
The covenantal significance of Genesis 17 --
The covenants of Genesis 15 and 17 in their present literary context --
Summary and conclusion.
Series Title: Journal for the study of the Old Testament., Supplement series ;, 315.
Responsibility: Paul R. Williamson.

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"The divine promises to Abraham have long been recognized as a key to the book of Genesis as a whole. But their variety, often noted, also raises literary and theological problems. Why do they differ each time, and how are they related to each other and to the story of Abraham? Williamson focuses on the promises in Genesis 15 and 17 and concludes that they are concerned with two distinct but related issues. Genesis 15 guarantees God's promise to make Abraham into a great nation, while Genesis 17 focuses chiefly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the nations. The two chapters are connected, however, by the theme of an individual, royal descendant who will come from the nation (Israel) and mediate blessing to all the nations of the earth."--BOOK JACKET.

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"Williamson has made a significant contribution, both to the legitimacy of synchronic reading and to the literary and theological interpretation of the covenant episodes of Genesis 15 and 17." Read more...

 
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