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Abraham And The Nations In The Dead Sea Scrolls

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This chapter focuses on the transformation of the story of Hagar found in Genesis into the form found in the book of Jubilees. It concentrates on the rewriting of Gen 16:1-16 and 21:8-21 in Jub 14:21-24 and17:1-14. The chapter examines the text of the stories related to Hagar in the book of Genesis. Both stories are part of the central plot, the storyline of the narratives about the patriarchs, especially the story of Abraham, which deals with the promise of numerous offspring who will inherit the Promised Land, a promise which continually hangs by a thread. This main intrigue is apparent at the very start of the Abraham story (Gen 11:27-32), where it is said that Abraham's wife Sarah was infertile. Jubilees 17:1-14, the rewriting of Gen 21:8-21, deals with Isaac's weaning and the related expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael.

Keywords:Abraham; book of Jubilees; Genesis; Hagar; Ishmael; Sarah



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