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By Paul R. Williamson

The divine grants to Abraham have lengthy been well-known as a key to the e-book of Genesis as a complete. yet their style, usually famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they vary whenever, and the way are they regarding one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson specializes in the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're all in favour of unique yet similar matters. Genesis 15 promises God's promise to make Abraham right into a nice state, whereas Genesis 17 focuses mainly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the countries. the 2 chapters are attached, although, via 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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This interpretation has in its favour the virtue of being able to incorporate (at least to some extent) the different emphases reflected in the two chapters, and to provide some explanation for the introduction in Genesis 17 of obligations and promissory aspects not found at all in Genesis 15. 61 3. Covenant Making and Covenant Renewal Unlike those who interpret Genesis 17 as a second stage in the ratification of a single covenant between God and Abraham, advocates of this second interpretation read Genesis 17 more as a reiteration and elaboration of the covenant established earlier.

42 36. R. R. S. ), Literary Interpretations of Biblical Narratives, II (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982), pp. 53-84 (64-65); however, cf. pp. 75-76, where he seems rather to imply that Gen. 15 and 17 present two distinct covenants. 37. D. ', Dialog 22 (1983), pp. 258-63. 38. J. Magonet, 'Abraham and God', Judaism 33 (1984), pp. 160-70 (162). 39. J. Baldwin, The Message of Genesis 12-50 (Bible Speaks Today; Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1986). S. Wallace, Abraham: Genesis 12-23 (London: SPCK, 1981), pp.

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981 [1949]). 75. Aalders, Genesis, I, p. 303. Aalders is arguing against the traditional sourcecritical explanation of the two covenant chapters that will be outlined below. 76. See Section 4 below. 77. U. Cassuto, The Documentary Hypothesis (trans. I. H. Segal, The Pentateuch: Its Composition and its Authorship and Other Biblical Studies (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1967). 78. Cassuto, The Documentary Hypothesis, p. 47. 79. Cassuto, The Documentary Hypothesis, p. 48. This assumes, however, that Gen.

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