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This introductory chapter presents an over view of the book that investigates the use of the nominal and verbal expressions for 'sojourn' in the book of Genesis. The book examines the phenomenon of sojourn's repetition by close readings of each instance of the Leitwort in both its immediate and its larger narrative contexts. Primary attention is given to the contribution made by each instance of the Leitwort to central themes of land and community in Genesis, using Anthony D. Smith's theory of ethnicity to define and frame the primary conceptual categories discussed. The method of this study aptly serves its ultimate conclusion, that sojourn is used as a Leitwort in Genesis in order to strengthen the ethnic identity of biblical Israel.

Keywords:book of Genesis; Leitwort; sojourn



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