By Paul R. Williamson

The divine delivers to Abraham have lengthy been well-known as a key to the ebook of Genesis as a complete. yet their sort, usually famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they vary whenever, and the way are they regarding one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson makes a speciality of the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're serious about specific yet comparable concerns. Genesis 15 promises God's promise to make Abraham right into a nice country, whereas Genesis 17 focuses mainly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the countries. the 2 chapters are attached, notwithstanding, by means of the topic of someone, royal descendant who will come from the country (Israel) and mediate blessing to all of the international locations of the earth.

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This, and its explicit articulation by Calvin and several early Puritan writers, certainly militates against seeing it as a recent innovation, artificially imposed upon the text to give the appearance of literary coherence. Rather, the number of advo55. Other links between Gen. 17 and 35 are highlighted below; cf. Chapter 5 Section 3c (n. 85). 56. R. W. Norton, 1996). 57. Alter, Genesis, pp. 72-73. 58. T. Mullen, Ethnic Myths and Pentateuchal Foundations: A New Approach to the Formation of the Pentateuch (SBLSS; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997).

Kline, By Oath Consigned, p. 43. 37 For Nelson the two chapters are complementary, Genesis 15 emphasizing divine grace and Genesis 17 highlighting human responsibility. While expressed differently, Magonet's conclusion is rather similar: Both chapters 15 and 17 deal with God's discussions with Abraham and the establishment of the brit, the covenant, between them. It is made by God's promise in chapter 15, and reciprocated by Abraham's acceptance •50 of circumcision, the sign of the covenant, in chapter 17.

Nevertheless, his conclusions are worthy of note. 102 He further agrees that the covenant-making occasion of Genesis 15 is quite distinct from that of Genesis 17. He differs from Alexander, however, in the latter's analysis of Genesis 17 as merely the annunciation of the second covenant ratified in the Akedah account of Genesis 22. Sheriffs contends that the canonical form of the Abraham narrative and Near Eastern practice suggest rather that covenant and treaty were updated at royal or divine initiative, when guarantees or stipulations were extended or modified.

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