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Bibil Identifier bibil:219823
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Actions of Abraham
Title (English, ) A Life of Ethical Contradictions
Author Reiss, Moshe
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 24, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 174-192 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Abraham is traditionally seen as a role model by the three ma-jor monotheistic religions. Yet many of his acts as described in the biblical text seem to belie this image. This article reviews Abraham's “sale” of his wife, Sarah on two separate occasions to two kings who intend to have inti-mate relations with her. On two other occasions, Abraham allows Sarah to abuse his second wife Hagar; the first time she is pregnant with his child and in the second he acquiesces to the expulsion of Hagar and his older son Ish-mael into the desert, a clear danger. Likewise he is prepared to sacrifice his younger child Isaac believing he has been commanded by God to do so. We modern readers detect many ethical considerations and dilemmas within these texts. The rabbinic tradition does not view Abraham's actions as problematical. In what ways are we intended to view him as role model? This article focuses on Jewish sources.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2010.527072
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Abraham
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