Abraham, Israel and the Nations: The Patriarchal Promise and Its Covenantal Development in Genesis

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A&C Black, 2000 - Religion - 309 pages
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The divine promises to Abraham have long been recognized as a key to the book of Genesis as a whole. But their variety, often noted, also raises literary and theological problems. Why do they differ each time, and how are they related to each other and to the story of Abraham? Williamson focuses on the promises in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they are concerned with two distinct but related issues. Genesis 15 guarantees God's promise to make Abraham into a great nation, while Genesis 17 focuses chiefly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the nations. The two chapters are connected, however, by the theme of an individual, royal descendant who will come from the nation (Israel) and mediate blessing to all the nations of the earth.
  

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Contents

Abbreviations
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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
17
Chapter 2 APPROACHES TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GENESIS 15 AND 17
26
Chapter 3 THE COVENANTS IN GENESIS 15 AND 17 COMPARED AND CONTRASTED
78
Chapter 4 THE PROMISSORY FOCUS OF THE COVENANT BETWEEN THE PIECES
121
Chapter 5 THE PROMISSORY FOCUS OF THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION
145
Chapter 6 THE COVENANTAL SIGNIFICANCE OF GENESIS 17
188
Chapter 7 THE COVENANTS OF GENESIS 15 AND 17 IN THEIR PRESENT LITERARY CONTEXT
217
Chapter 8 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
260
Bibliography
268
Index of References
293
Index of Authors
305
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Paul Williamson is a lecturer at the Irish Baptist College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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