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The Promise to the Patriarchs

ISBN : 9780199898244

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Author: 
Joel S. Baden
Pages
240 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
164 x 240 mm
Pub date
Apr 2013
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The promise of land and progeny to the patriarchs-Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-is a central, recurring feature of the Pentateuch. From the beginning of the story of Abraham to the last moment of Moses's life, this promise forms the guiding theological statement for each narrative. Yet literary and historical inquiries ascribe the promise texts to a variety of sources, layers, and redactions, raising questions about how the promise functioned in its original manifestations and how it can be used to understand the formation of the Pentateuch as a whole. Joel S. Baden reexamines the patriarchal promise in its historical and contemporaneous contexts, evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of both final-form and literary-historical approaches to the promise. He pays close attention to the methodologies employed in both documentary and non-documentary analyses and aims to bring source-critical analysis of the promise to bear on the understanding of the canonical text for contemporary readers. The Promise to the Patriarchs addresses the question of how the literary-historical perspective can illuminate and even deepen the theological meaning of the Pentateuch, particularly of the promise at the heart of this central biblical corpus.

Index: 

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter One: The Promise in Its Canonical Setting
Chapter Two: The Promise as Secondary
Chapter Three: Restoring the Promise
Chapter Four: The Promise According to the Sources
Chapter Five: Returning the Promise to Its Canonical Setting
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Biblical Citations
Index of Authors Cited

About the author: 

Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Yale Divinity School

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