By Paul R. Williamson

The divine gives you to Abraham have lengthy been famous as a key to the ebook of Genesis as an entire. yet their type, frequently famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they range every time, and the way are they on the topic of one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson specializes in the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're occupied with precise yet similar concerns. 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 international locations. the 2 chapters are hooked up, even if, via the subject matter of somebody, royal descendant who will come from the kingdom (Israel) and mediate blessing to all of the countries of the earth.

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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.

Gen. 1). e. external promises made to Abraham, yet at the same time types of spiritual and heavenly things). Thus Witsius understands Genesis 15 and 17 as subsequent stages of the covenant that was initiated in Gen. 1-3. A similar, albeit much less complex, approach is adopted also by John Flavel. 23 Given that Ravel speaks of Gen. 1-3 (and Gen. 2-3, 16-18) as 'God's covenant with Abraham',24 presumably he thinks of the covenant as having (Gen. 18) Henry writes: 'that is, gave a promise to Abram, saying Unto thy seed have I given this land1 (p.

M. Noth, A History of Pentateuchal Traditions (trans. W. Anderson; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1972) (originally published as Uberlieferungsgeschichte des Pentateuch [Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer Verlag, 1948]). 2. Approaches to Genesis 15 and 17 53 In broad agreement with the traditional source-critical analysis of Genesis 15 and 17, traditio-historical critics offer reconstructions of how pre-literary traditions may have been adapted by the various communities among whom they were transmitted.

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