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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 1 Story Types in Genesis The Creation of the Cosmos
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 2 Review Genesis 11 tells us that Abraham and Sarah came to Canaan across the “Fertile Crescent” from “Ur of the Chaldeans,” whose location is in southern Iraq. Exodus through Joshua later tells us that the Israelites fight their way back from Egypt to the land of Canaan.
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 3 The Land of Canaan “And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.” — Gen. 17 The covenant is a deed of land: YHWH gives the Mesopotamian Abraham the Canaanites’ land in perpetuity.
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 4 Why? Why write a story about an unknown god granting a stranger from Mesopotamia land the Bible tells us is already occupied? Modern linguistic and archaeological studies identify most of the cultures in the Hebrew Scriptures as Semitic. The Bible equates them with Shem.
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 5 Who is this God? Is this 13 th cent. BCE image of the Canaanite god El the biblical God? The God of Abraham is often called “El” (the word can mean “god” or to a specific god).
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 6 Other El Names Throughout the Bible God is referred to by the Tetragrammaton or by constructs with El. The most common is Elohim , which occurs about 2,600 times in the Hebrew Scriptures: “In the beginning, God [ Elohim ] created the heavens and earth.” The masculine plural - im is mostly used with singular verbs, but it also may imply that God is the god of all .
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 7 God of — Elohei Haelohim : “The God of gods” (Deut. 10:17; Josh. 22:22; Ps. 136:2). Elohei (“God of,”) is qualified by nouns defining his power and identity. Mikkarov : “who is near” Merachok : “who is far,” Emet : “truth,” Mishpat “truth,” Tzur “rock” etc.
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Copyright Keith D. White 2006 8 Theophany A theophany is a manifestation of a deity. Initially God has some human features:
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