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Abraham'S Scene (Introductory Essay)

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This appendix section concentrates on Abraham, the prophet who establishes the anthropological unity of the Israelite people. It first presents the biography of Abraham. Then, it considers the horrible menace that hangs over the human and familiar morality. God appears to Abraham directly or through an intermediary, an angel. But on the epiphany itself, the holy text must remain indefinite. It's the voice that more often reveals itself. The chapter then refers to an episode of Abraham's scene that is as important as the one of the attempted infanticide, symmetric and connected to it by the subtext: the announcement of the miraculous pregnancy in Genesis 17. A centenarian Abraham and a ninety-year old Sarah are laughing to themselves in the face of the unexpected gift, irritating the generous God. This scene might be compared to the Immaculate Conception which opens and inaugurates the Christian religion.

Keywords: Abraham's scene; Christian religion; Genesis 17; Israelite people

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