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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 5 Genesis 12-50 is essentially the story of four generations, the lives of the ancestors of Israel; first Abraham and Sarah, then Isaac and Rebekah, finally Jacob, his wives, and his children. Subtheme of exile and return Source Criticism J Source Most of the narratives concerning the ancestors of Israel in Genesis 12-50 belong to J source Episodes share common themes, including three-fold promise of land, descendants, and blessings announced at the beginning of the story of Abram 1) The Promise of Land – Integral to narrative – explains the stake of land that Abraham takes out. “From the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates” (Egypt to northern Syria) Israel dominated most of its neighbors – J denigrates those nations, showing questionable origins or character Ammon and Moab were sons of incestuous union between Lot and his daughters 2) I Will Make of You a Great Nation – Abraham’s descendants will be so many that they will be uncountable 3) Abraham will be so fortunate that others will want to be as blessed as he is Lifestyle of Israel’s ancestors – hospitality was a primary virtue E Source Most significant story is the Binding / Sacrifice of Isaac Etiology – Narrative explanation of something Abraham commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac; at the last second an Angel comes down...
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- Fall '07
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