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Bibil Identifier bibil:254321
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Isaac’s Dual Test in the Blessings Narrative: A New Reading of Gen 27:18-29
Author Schwartz, Sarah
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 43, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2019
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2019
Year (Copyright) 2019
Year (Reference) 2019
Language English
Pages 693-711 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay explores the meeting scene between Isaac and Jacob in Gen 27:18-29. The repetition of Isaac’s act of blessing in vv. 23 and 27 exposes the parallel structure of the scene, and Isaac’s dual test to determine his son’s identity. This structure emphasizes the importance of the sensory tests and Esau’s external identity markers—his hairy hands and the scent of the field—that convinced Isaac to bless the son standing before him. These identity markers are not merely technical; they are literary devices that point to Esau’s character and hint at the motivation behind Isaac’s desire to bless Esau instead of Jacob. These motives are clarified through an analysis of Esau’s traits, links to Isaac’s personality, and the nature of the blessings he had intended for Esau. The conclusions contribute to a better understanding of the scene and resolve some of the fundamental difficulties in the blessings narrative of Gen 27:1-28:9.
DOI 10.1177/0309089218786098
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Isaac
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Literary Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Esau
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blessing
Pericopes Genesis 27,18-27,29
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