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Mapping An Ethnoscape: Sojourn In The Itinerary Notices

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Sojourn appears four times in the context of speeches that promise the hearer a divine gift of land (15:13; 17:8; 26:3; and 28:4). This chapter examines each of the promise speeches in order of their appearance in the narrative. It draws upon Anthony D. Smith's understanding of the myth of ethnic election to interpret the promise speeches. The promise speeches in Genesis correspond to Smith's category of ethnic election myth, and the land grant in these speeches fits his understanding of the sacralization of territory. Sojourn references appearing in the promise speeches are a significant element of this territorial aspect, providing an interesting interplay with the logic of the election myth. The chapter explores the role of sojourn as an element in the framework of Israel's election myth.

Keywords:ethnic election myth; Genesis; promise speeches; sojourn



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