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Isaac multiplex: Genesis 22 in a new historical representation

Christo Lombaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 2 | a49 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i2.49 | © 2008 Christo Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2008 | Published: 14 January 2008

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Christo Lombaard, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

In this paper, a new interpretation of the Genesis 22:1-19 account is offered. Based on the new view of biblical historiography as anecdotal (Frykenberg), and drawing on the author’s own recent studies on the historical problems related to, and historicallysensitive narratological interpretative possibilities of, this Genesis text, a new meaning and a new dating for Genesis 22:1-19 are concluded to. This text, namely, reflects the end of a struggle for dominance between the different tradents of the patriarchal traditions, in which the Abraham tradents finally subjugate, with this Genesis 22*-text, the Isaac tradents. This occurs late in the compositional history of the Pentateuch, namely between 400 and 250 BCE.

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