By Joel S. Baden
The promise of land and progeny to the patriarchs-Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-is a critical, ordinary characteristic of the Pentateuch. From the start of the tale of Abraham to the final second of Moses's lifestyles, this promise varieties the guiding theological assertion for every narrative. but literary and historic inquiries ascribe the promise texts to a number of assets, layers, and redactions, elevating questions on how the promise functioned in its unique manifestations and the way it may be used to appreciate the formation of the Pentateuch as a complete.
Joel S. Baden reexamines the patriarchal promise in its ancient and contemporaneous contexts, comparing the advantages and downsides of either final-form and literary-historical methods to the promise. He will pay shut realization to the methodologies hired in either documentary and non-documentary analyses and goals to carry source-critical research of the promise to undergo at the figuring out of the canonical textual content for modern readers. The Promise to the Patriarchs addresses the query of ways the literary-historical standpoint can remove darkness from or even deepen the theological that means of the Pentateuch, quite of the promise on the middle of this vital biblical corpus.
Read or Download The Promise to the Patriarchs PDF
Best old testament books
A up to date string of popular-level books written via the recent Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the outdated testomony is not anything yet a bully, a assassin, and a cosmic baby abuser. This point of view is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to answer such accusations? and the way are we to reconcile the probably disconnected natures of God portrayed within the testaments?
"Subversive Scribes and the Solomonic Narrative" seeks, partly, to give a contribution to the continued dialogue by way of investigating the Solomonic narrative during the optics of propaganda and, in particular, subversion. in view that prior stories have already given enormous awareness to the propagandistic capability of varied facets of the Solomonic narrative, Seibert's booklet explores examples of scribal subversion in "1 Kings" 1-11.
This ebook features a re-creation of the scroll that represents an early revision of the Septuagint towards a more in-depth correspondence with the Hebrew textual content of the Bible. After an intensive advent, the quantity offers the textual content with and with out reconstructions, notes on palaeography and reconstructions, and a remark on translation process, orthographic peculiarities, and textual kinfolk.
This significant paintings re-examines prophecy and the prophets in historic Israel, with essays ranging the entire approach from Israel's old close to jap heritage correct as much as the hot testomony. nearly all of essays be aware of prophecy and the prophets within the previous testomony, that are approached from a notable variety of assorted angles.
- I saw the Lord : a wake-up call for your heart
- The Crisis of Israelite Religion: Transformation of Religious Tradition in Exilic and Post-Exilic Times (Oudtestamentische Studien)
- Jesus and Israel's Traditions of Judgement and Restoration (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series)
- A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic Book of Joel
- Syntax of the Verb in Classical Hebrew Prose (The Library of Hebrew Bible Old Testament Studies)
- Festive Meals in Ancient Israel: Deuteronomy's Identity Politics in Their Ancient Near Eastern Context
Extra info for The Promise to the Patriarchs
Though the narrative of Genesis 18 was considered by the classical critics to be the work of J, as of course was Gen 12:1–3, this promise reference in 18:18 was labeled as an addition speciﬁcally because it refers back to the earlier J passage. 9 Why, then, could the same author not have created an explicit link back to an earlier part of his own narrative? ”10 Given these restrictions on the mental capacity of the ancient Israelite, it is no wonder that authorial techniques such as cross-reference had to be seen as the work of a later stage.
42 Martin Noth substantially follows von Rad in his views on the centrality of the promise within the patriarchal traditions. ”43 Noth accepts von Rad’s view that the promise was already an integral part of the once-independent oral patriarchal traditions. ”46 For Noth, then, in contrast to von Rad, the prominence of the patriarchal promise is a result less of the work of the Yahwist than of the agglomeration of disparate promise-centered local traditions, either in Noth’s proposed prepentateuchal grand narrative, the somewhat vaguely formulated Grundlage (which, according to Noth, already contained the Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and even Joseph themes47), or perhaps even earlier.
25 In these passages, the legalistic phrases must have a general meaning—in contradistinction to their usage in D, where they unambiguously refer to the laws of Deuteronomy 12–26. If these are in fact deuteronomic insertions, then it is further remarkable that they should have been placed only in J contexts, and nowhere in E. 27 The third passage commonly ascribed to a “deuteronomic” editor, Exod 32:13, is so ascribed not because it contains any particularly deuteronomic language—which it does not—but rather because the broader context of which it is a part is paralleled closely in D.