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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Failed Tower and Fading Family: Life's Fragmentation (Chap. 11)

Failed Tower and Fading Family: Life's Fragmentation (Chap. 11)

The Towering City Fails (11:1–9)

The Great Genealogy Fades (11:10–32)

21 Failed Tower and Fading Family: Life's Fragmentation (Chap. 11)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

The two texts in Genesis 11 – the tower of Babel (11:1–9), and the family line from Shem to Terah's death (11:10–32) – are diverse in many ways, but they also share a radical unity: they portray complementary pictures of the faltering of human institutions – the faltering of the towering city, and of the family line. There are connecting features. The fragility and death of human institutions sets the scene for the call of Abraham (Abram).

Keywords:   Abraham, Babel, call, genealogy, Genesis 11, human fragility, Shem, Terah

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