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By Paul R. Williamson

The divine gives you to Abraham have lengthy been famous as a key to the publication of Genesis as a complete. yet their sort, frequently famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they vary whenever, and the way are they concerning one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson specializes in the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're all for certain yet similar concerns. Genesis 15 promises God's promise to make Abraham right into a nice kingdom, whereas Genesis 17 focuses mainly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the countries. the 2 chapters are attached, despite the fact that, by means of the subject of somebody, royal descendant who will come from the kingdom (Israel) and mediate blessing to all of the countries of the earth.

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Together then the two chapters set out the personal and corporate par25. C. Leupold, Exposition of Genesis (Columbus: The Wartburg Press, 1942), p. 511. 26. Leupold, Genesis, pp. 514, 517. 19 and 21; cf. pp. 528-29. 27. Leupold, Genesis, p. 511. 28. D. Kidner, Genesis (TOTC; Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1967), p. 124. 2. 29 While Kidner acknowledges that in Genesis 17 new promissory aspects come into view, he clearly does not consider these novel enough to warrant interpreting ch. 17 as a covenant distinct from the one that was formally established in ch.

R. S. ), Literary Interpretations of Biblical Narratives, II (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982), pp. 53-84 (64-65); however, cf. pp. 75-76, where he seems rather to imply that Gen. 15 and 17 present two distinct covenants. 37. D. ', Dialog 22 (1983), pp. 258-63. 38. J. Magonet, 'Abraham and God', Judaism 33 (1984), pp. 160-70 (162). 39. J. Baldwin, The Message of Genesis 12-50 (Bible Speaks Today; Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1986). S. Wallace, Abraham: Genesis 12-23 (London: SPCK, 1981), pp. 59ff.

N. M. Silver, Ibn Ezra's Commentary on the Pentateuch: Genesis (Bereshit) (New York: Menorah, 1988), pp. 183-88. 15. Cf. M. Zlotowitz and N. ; New York: Mesorah Publications, 1986), I, pp. 503-37; R. Raphael Pelcovitz, Sforno Commentary on the Torah: Translation and Explanatory Notes (New York: Mesorah Publications, 1987), pp. 73-76. 16 It would seem, therefore, that these mediaeval exegetes also interpreted the two chapters as complementary, Genesis 17 constituting the second (and apparently for them, the main) stage in the institution of the Abrahamic covenant.

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