Genesis 12-25.07

Genesis 12-25.07 - Genesis 12-25 Threats to the Promise...

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Genesis 12-25 Threats to the Promise First deception about Sarah (Gen. 12:10-13:1) Continued barrenness of Sarah and continued doubting of Abraham (15:3-6) Hagar and Ishmael (16:1-16) Sarah’s laughter (18:9-16) Second deception of Sarah (20:1-18) Fulfillment of the Promise (21:1-7)
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The Ultimate Threat to the Promise: The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)
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“How Not To Read the Bible” A recent book, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth , has argued that the Abraham story is the foundational myth that lies at the root of much if not all child abuse and violence against women and children in the West.
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Part of the problem with this work is that it does not take into account sufficiently the history of biblical interpretation that has struggled with precisely the same issues she has raised about this and other texts . Luke Timothy Johnson has observed: “The function of such interpretation within both Judaism and Christianity has not been to reinforce the violent tendencies of the stories, but to mitigate and transmute them. Midrash and allegory represent strategies of reading within religious traditions that seek to combine loyalty with criticism, that try to save those aspects of the text that give life while also challenging those elements that are morally questionable.”
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The “Binding” of Isaac: Jewish Interpretations On who is the “Tester” And the prince Mastema came and said before God, 'Behold, Abraham loves Isaac his son, and he delights in him above all things else; bid him offer him as a burnt- offering on the altar, and Thou wilt see if he will do this command, and Thou wilt know if he is faithful in everything wherein Thou dost try him. 17 And the Lord knew that Abraham was faithful in all his afflictions; for He had tried him through his country and with famine, and had tried him with the wealth of
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