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Bibil Identifier bibil:215895
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Babel, Suspense, and the Introduction to the Terah-Abram Narrative
Author Awabdy, Mark A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 3-29 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Many Genesis interpreters view Gen. 11.27—12.9 as the foundation of the Abraham narrative (Gen. 11.27—25.11) and the opening response to the Primeval History (Gen. 1— 11). Employing a narrative critical approach that is sensitive to diachronic issues, this article proposes that 11.27—12.9 also functions as a response to the preceding Tower of Babel episode (11.1-9). The Tower of Babel scene leaves readers with substantive gaps in their knowledge about the fate of the divine—human relationship. The suspense generated by such knowledge gaps is initially resolved in the introduction to the Terah—Abram narrative (11.27—12.9). This article first offers a literary rationale for reading Gen. 11.27— 12.9 in light of 11.1-9, and then considers how suspense and partial resolution are expressed through verbal repetition of ‘reputation’, plot equivalencies, and contrasts related to migration and settlement, and a variation on the theme of capability.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210365960
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Pericopes Genesis 11,27-12,9
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