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Abraham : the story of a life

Author: Joseph Blenkinsopp
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this discursive commentary Joseph Blenkinsopp explores the story of Abraham -- iconic ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- as told in Genesis 11-25. Presented in continuous discussion rather than in verse-by-verse form, Blenkinsopp's commentary focuses on the literary and theological artistry of the narrative as a whole. Blenkinsopp discussses a range of issues raised in the Abraham saga, including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Abraham, (Biblical patriarch); Abraham, (Biblical patriarch)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Blenkinsopp
ISBN: 9780802872876 0802872875
OCLC Number: 902661047
Description: xv, 240 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: A word about reading --
Introduction: The figure of Abraham in the Bible and beyond --
The journey --
Sarah and Lot, wife and nephew --
The promise --
Hagar and Ishmael --
The covenant of circumcision --
Abraham entertains guests, Sodom is destroyed, Lot rescued --
In the land of Moriah --
Abraham's other beloved son --
The death and burial of Sarah and Abraham --
The marriage of Rebekah and Isaac --
Epilogue: Descent from Abraham in early Christianity and what it might mean for the Christian today.
Responsibility: Joseph Blenkinsopp.

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In this discursive commentary Joseph Blenkinsopp explores the story of Abraham -- iconic ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- as told in Genesis 11-25. Presented in continuous discussion rather than in verse-by-verse form, Blenkinsopp's commentary focuses on the literary and theological artistry of the narrative as a whole. Blenkinsopp discussses a range of issues raised in the Abraham saga, including confirmation of God's promises, Isaac's sacrifice and the death of Jesus, and Abraham's other beloved son, Ishmael. Each chapter has a section called "Filling in the Gaps," which probes some of the vast amount of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic commentary that the basic Genesis text has generated through the ages. In an epilogue Blenkinsopp looks at Abraham in early Christianity and expresses his own views, as a Christian, on Abraham.

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Walter Brueggemann Columbia Theological Seminary "Learned historian that he is, Joseph Blenkinsopp here brings his best critical eye to the Abraham narratives, paying primary attention to the ongoing Read more...

 
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