The Promise to the Patriarchs

Hardcover | April 17, 2013

byJoel S. Baden

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The promise of land and progeny to the patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - is a central, recurring feature of the Pentateuch. From the beginning of the story of Abraham to the last moment of Moses's life, this promise forms the guiding theological statement for each narrative. Yetliterary and historical inquiries ascribe the promise texts to a variety of sources, layers, and redactions, raising questions about how the promise functioned in its original manifestations and how it can be used to understand the formation of the Pentateuch as a whole. Joel S. Baden reexamines the patriarchal promise in its historical and contemporaneous contexts, evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of both final-form and literary-historical approaches to the promise. He pays close attention to the methodologies employed in both documentary and non-documentaryanalyses and aims to bring source-critical analysis of the promise to bear on the understanding of the canonical text for contemporary readers. The Promise to the Patriarchs addresses the question of how the literary-historical perspective can illuminate and even deepen the theological meaning ofthe Pentateuch, particularly of the promise at the heart of this central biblical corpus.

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The promise of land and progeny to the patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - is a central, recurring feature of the Pentateuch. From the beginning of the story of Abraham to the last moment of Moses's life, this promise forms the guiding theological statement for each narrative. Yetliterary and historical inquiries ascribe the promi...

Joel S. Baden is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Yale Divinity School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199898243

ISBN - 13:9780199898244

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Promise in Its Canonical Setting2. The Promise as Secondary3. Restoring the Promise4. The Promise According to the Sources5. Returning the Promise to Its Canonical SettingConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex of Biblical CitationsIndex of Authors Cited