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Adopting and adapting: Some rewritte ngenealogies in 1 chronicles 1–5

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This chapter focuses on some particular texts and topics of the genealogies in 1 Chronicles 1-5 in order to investigate, on the one hand, of how the Chronicler has adopted traditional material from Genesis 12-50 and, on the other hand, in what way he has exerted his creativity to make theological and ideological point(s) of his own. Two sets of asyndetical sentences (1:1-4; 1:24-27), which by the way function as an inclusion, are so to say the life line of the first genealogical list. In a fast vertical lineage two sets of genealogies go from Adam (1:1) to Abraham (1:27), after whom the horizontal lineages are elaborated at length. Both these asyndetical sentences hold a remarkable feature, since the tenth name in it mentions a prominent hero: Noah in the first series (1:4), ?Abram, that is, Abraham' in the second one (1:27).

Keywords: 1 Chronicles 1-5; Abraham; Adam; adopting; asyndetical sentences; genealogies; Genesis 12-50; horizontal lineages; Noah; vertical lineage



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