Abram to Abraham Paperback

A Literary Analysis of the Abraham Narrative

by Jonathan Grossman;

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Abram to Abraham

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Abram to Abraham explores the Abraham saga (11:27-22:24) through a literary lens, following the legendary figure of Abraham as he navigates the arduous odyssey to nationhood. Rather than overlook the textual discrepancies, repetitions and contradictions long noted by diachronic scholars, this study tackles them directly, demonstrating how many problems of the ancient text in fact hold the key to deeper understanding of the narrative and its objectives. Therefore, the book frequently notes the classic division of the text according to primary sources, but offers an alternative, more harmonious reading based on the assumption that the narrative forms a single, intentionally designed unit. The narrative's artistic design is especially evident in its arrangement of the two halves of the story around the protagonists' change of name. The stories of Abram and Sarai in the first half of the cycle (11:27-16:16) are parallel to the stories of Abraham and Sarah in the second half (18:1-22:24).
A close reading of this transformation in the biblical narrative illuminates the moral and theological values championed by the figure of Abraham as luminary, soldier, family man, and loyal subject of God.

Abram to Abraham by Jonathan Grossman was published by Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften in March 2016. The ISBN for Abram to Abraham is 9783034320771.

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Details for Abram to Abraham

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (March 2016)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages570
Height225 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4459840
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