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Title: Abraham, Israel and the Nations: The Patriarchial Promise and Its Covenantal Development in Genesis
Author: Williamson, Paul R
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2001
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781841271521
Volumes: 1; Pages: 312
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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.
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Approaches to the Relationship between Genesis 15 and 17
Ch. 3 The Covenants in Genesis 15 and 17 Compared and Contrasted
Ch. 4 The Promissory Focus of the 'Covenant between the Pieces'
Ch. 5 The Promissory Focus of the 'Covenant of Circumcision'
Ch. 6 The Covenantal Significance of Genesis 17
Ch. 7 The Covenants of Genesis 15 and 17 Their Present Literary Context
Ch. 8 Summary and Conclusion
Index of References
Index of Authors
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