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The Figure Of Abraham In The Genesis Apocryphon's Re-Narration Of Gen 12:10–20

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It is well known that the Genesis Apocryphon embellishes the biblical narration of Abraham's and Sarah's stay in Egypt (Gen 12:10-20) with the aim to fill the narrative gaps of the biblical story, and to make it more attractive and more edifying. Still lacking in research, however, is a comprehensive overview of Abraham's role in the re-narration of the story of the sojourn by Abraham and Sara in Egypt as it is attested in the Genesis Apocryphon. In addition to the motif of Abraham's exculpation, as expressed in a dream much debated in the scholarly literature. Some scholars have already pointed out that Abraham's dream in the Genesis Apocryphon functions as an exculpation for Abraham who - according to the biblical narration - gave his wife Sara to Pharaoh for fear of being killed by the Egyptians. Abraham appears as an exorcist in the context of Pharaoh's healing.

Keywords: Abraham; Enoch; Genesis Apocryphon ; Sara



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