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Genesis 20-22:19: Abraham's Test of Allegiance

Warner, Megan E. (2005) Genesis 20-22:19: Abraham's Test of Allegiance. Australian Biblical Review, 53. ISSN 0045-0308

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This article comprises a new reading of the extended, almost exclusively Elohistic, passage Gen 20-22:19. It focuses upon the narrative account of Abraham's relationship with his two sons and am ambiguity about Isaac's paternity to conclude that the test set in Gen.22:1-2 can be categorised as a test of Abraham's allegiance to YHWH and to the divine covenant. In the light of David Carr's identification of Gen.22:15-18 as one of a group of three passages inserted late and testifying to Abraham's faithful observance of Torah, this article considers the function of Gen.22:15-18 in the larger passage and, engaging with recent work by R. Christopher Heard and Mark G. Brett, the extent to which its late insertion might be reflective of the concerns and interests of Persian period editors.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Old Testament, biblical criticism, Genesis, Abraham, allegiance, Torah, covenant.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 03:04
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 04:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/237

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