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Did The Gentiles Know Who Abraham Was?

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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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