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Bibil Identifier bibil:217122
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Rethinking the Place and Purpose of Genesis 13
Author Rickett, Dan
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 31-53 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract From reading the writings on Genesis 13 it is clear that, for many, the text has two main foci: (1) the separation of Abraham and Lot, the meaning of which has been variously interpreted by commentators, and/or (2) the promise of descendants. The promise of land, in contrast, is viewed, at best, as a secondary purpose within the narrative. Further, the character of Lot is seen solely in terms of his relationship to the blessing or his potential to be Abraham’s heir. However, these readings fail to see the separation of Abraham and Lot in light of the entirety of ch. 13 and the literary and theological connections between Genesis 13 and the command of Gen. 12.1 and the promise of 12.7. These connections point to two altogether different foci for ch. 13: (1) Abraham’s settlement in the land and (2) Abraham finally coming to the place of alignment with God’s command to separate himself fully from his father’s household. These foci lead to a new understanding of both Genesis 13 in general and the separation of Abraham and Lot in particular.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211419774
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Lot (cf. Gen 14)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Land
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Abraham
Pericopes Genesis 13
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