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Bibil Identifier bibil:252012
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Circumcision and Covenant in Genesis 17
Author Krause, Joachim J.
Journal Biblica (Volume: 99, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 151-165 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Genesis 17 is widely interpreted as reflecting the concept of an entirely unconditional covenant. As such, it is regarded as the pivotal prooftext for the alleged Priestly theology of 'pure grace'. As the argument goes, P decidedly disconnected YHWH’s promise from any obligation imposed on Israel in order to foreclose the possibility of the covenant being broken by the human partner. However, this is challenged by the commandment of circumcision in Genesis 17. In recent scholarship this problem is increasingly accounted for by a literary-critical division of the chapter. Attributing the commandment to a reworking, identified as H by some, a growing number of scholars argue that, while the reconstructed base text testifies to the concept of an unconditional covenant, the canonical text presents the covenant as being conditional upon observance of the commandment of circumcision. The present article engages this approach critically, offering instead a new synchronic interpretation of the chapter which affords a fresh appraisal of its theological thrust.
DOI 10.2143/BIB.99.2.3284918
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Priestly
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Covenant
Pericopes Genesis 17-17
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