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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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Abram Journeys and Sees the Land (Chaps. 12–13)

Abram Journeys and Sees the Land (Chaps. 12–13)

The Trial of Seeing Beyond Beauty (12:1–13:1)

The Trial of Seeing Beyond Wealth (13:2–10)

(p.209) 22 Abram Journeys and Sees the Land (Chaps. 12–13)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

The call of Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12–13 is one of the great stories of all time. Against a background of death and failure, someone responds to the call to new life and to a promise that includes a form of new creation. The account of Abram's initial journeys falls into two balancing sections (12:1–13:1; and 13:2–18), with major crises or tests involving beauty and wealth respectively. Abram fails the first test; he effectively gives away his wife, Sarai, to the Egyptians to save himself. But in the second test, in the quarrel involving Lot, he puts brotherhood before wealth, and at the end, the promise from God is stronger than ever.

Keywords:   Abraham, beauty, call of Abram, Genesis 12–13, journey, Lot, new creation, promise, Sarai, wealth

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