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By Paul R. Williamson

The divine supplies to Abraham have lengthy been famous as a key to the booklet of Genesis as an entire. yet their sort, frequently famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they vary every time, and the way are they concerning one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson specializes in the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're curious about detailed yet comparable matters. 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 hooked up, even if, through the subject of anyone, royal descendant who will come from the kingdom (Israel) and mediate blessing to the entire international locations of the earth.

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97 Wenham correctly observes that Gen. 98 However, while these features of development are acknowledged, it is questionable whether the full significance of this for their interpretation of the function of Genesis 17 has been appreciated by the scholars concerned. The interpretation of Genesis 17 in terms of covenant renewal is not solely advocated by scholars opposed to the atomistic approach of source criticism. In a recent commentary Fretheim, while basically accepting the source-critical suggestion that Genesis 15 and 17 represent alternative accounts of the covenant, makes the tentative suggestion that the redactor of the present text probably does not so view the matter.

20. Matthew Henry's Commentary, p. 110. 21. H. Witsius, The Economy of the Covenants between God and Man: Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity (trans, and rev. W. ; Escondido, CA: The den Dulk Christian Foundation, 1990 [1822]), II, pp. 146-47. 22. J. ; London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1968), VI, p. 344. 23. Flavel, Works, p. 344. 24. Flavel, Works, pp. 348, 351. 32 Abraham, Israel and the Nations been initiated in ch. 12, and renewed and expanded in chs. 15, 17 and 22. In the twentieth century the view that Genesis 15 and 17 are two stages of the same covenant has been advocated by a number of scholars.

1-78 (originally published as Gesammelte Studien ZumAlten Testament [Munich: Chr. Kaiser Verlag, 1958]). 137. M. Noth, A History of Pentateuchal Traditions (trans. W. Anderson; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1972) (originally published as Uberlieferungsgeschichte des Pentateuch [Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer Verlag, 1948]). 2. Approaches to Genesis 15 and 17 53 In broad agreement with the traditional source-critical analysis of Genesis 15 and 17, traditio-historical critics offer reconstructions of how pre-literary traditions may have been adapted by the various communities among whom they were transmitted.

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