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Abraham And The Nations

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In this chapter the role of Abraham is highlighted from a "diachronic" perspective. No less important, however, is the relationship of Abraham and his descendants to the neighbouring peoples, a "synchronic" perspective. The figure of Abraham is a genuine mirror of the changes in exegetical preferences. The chapter first looks at the figure of Abraham outside Gen 12-25, discussing the other parts of the Hebrew Bible in which he plays a role. The next step will be to return to the Abraham cycle itself, studying the oldest narratives that focus on the relationship between Abraham and the neighbouring nations: Abraham and Lot; as well as Abraham, Hagar, and Ishmael. Finally, the author turns to Gen 12:1-3, paying special attention to the crucial v. 3.

Keywords: Abraham; Gen 12:1-3; Hagar; Hebrew Bible; Ishmael



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