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Bibil Identifier bibil:137467
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Endangered Ancestress Revisited
Title (English, ) Sarah's Miraculous Motherhood and the Restoration of Eden
Author Carden, Michael
Journal The Bible and Critical Theory (Volume: 1, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Language English
Pages 1-14 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The paper examines the ‘endangered ancestress’ theme in Genesis, in which the matriarchs, Sarah and Rebecca, are passed off to alien rulers as the sisters of their respective husbands, in Sarah’s case twice. Rather than viewing these incidents as clumsy duplication, the paper reads them as a literary device in a continuous narrative. The paper argues that when read in this way, these incidents serve to underline the singular status of Sarah in contrast to Rebecca and subsequent matriarchs. Sarah is shown to be the unique foremother of Israel. Alone of all her sex, she represents a pristine new beginning, analogous to human beginnings in Eden.
DOI 10.2104/bc050018
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sarah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
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