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Many Nations And One God

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To elucidate the possible backgrounds of Paul's Abrahamic arguments, the chapter discusses genealogical appeals claiming sonship to Abraham in other Jewish texts. Some of these appeals tapped into the wider appeal of Abrahamas father of many nations, while others made use of the more exclusive concept of Abrahamas ancestor of the Jews. The chapter focuses on parallel texts in Josephus in which the issue of kinship with Abraham was raised through criticism of Moses. This type of genealogical appeal to Abraham offers a new perspective on the views against which Paul may have been arguing in his Letter to the Galatians. The chapter describes that Paul's use of the notion of the blessing of the nations is part of a debate about the promises made to Abraham in Genesis and the identity of Abraham's seed.

Keywords:Abraham; Galatians; genealogical appeals; Jews; Josephus; Moses; Paul



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