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Bibil Identifier bibil:247516
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Abram to Abraham
Title (English, ) A Literary Analysis of the Abraham Narrative
Author Grossman, Jonathan
Series Das Alte Testament im Dialog (Volume: 11)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 44217
Place 222.1.08
Publishing house Peter Lang
Place Bern et al.
ISBN 978-3-0343-2077-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 569 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Abram to Abraham explores the Abraham saga (11:27-22:24) through a literary lens, following the legendary figure of Abraham as he navigates the arduous odyssey to nationhood. Rather than overlook the textual discrepancies, repetitions and contradictions long noted by diachronic scholars, this study tackles them directly, demonstrating how many problems of the ancient text in fact hold the key to deeper understanding of the narrative and its objectives. Therefore, the book frequently notes the classic division of the text according to primary sources, but offers an alternative, more harmonious reading based on the assumption that the narrative forms a single, intentionally designed unit.
The narrative’s artistic design is especially evident in its arrangement of the two halves of the story around the protagonists’ change of name. The stories of Abram and Sarai in the first half of the cycle (11:27-16:16) are parallel to the stories of Abraham and Sarah in the second half (18:1-22:24). A close reading of this transformation in the biblical narrative illuminates the moral and theological values championed by the figure of Abraham as luminary, soldier, family man, and loyal subject of God.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Abraham
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Literary Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Pericopes Genesis 11,27-22,24
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