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Theoretical Tools: Anthony D. Smith

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Sojourn in the itinerary notices of Genesis serves an important function in the construction of an ethnoscape. For the sake of clarity, this chapter discusses each sojourn location separately. First, it address Abraham's sojourn in Egypt and traces the progression of the further visits to Egypt through to the end of Genesis. Next the chapter analyzes Abraham's sojourn in Gerar. It then looks at Paddan-aram as a place of sojourn for Jacob, and its interrelation with Canaan as an ambiguous location signifying both sojourn and belonging. In discussing each location the analysis utilizes two themes relating to Smith's ethnic myth, the territorialization of memory and the ethnic myth of election. The chapter demonstrates, through close analysis of the texts and the integration of the concepts of territory and election, that sojourn in the itinerary notices plays a strengthening role in Israel's ethnic myth.

Keywords:Egypt; ethnic myth; Genesis; Gerar; itinerary notices; Paddan-aram; sojourn



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