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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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War—And Vision of a Covenant (Chaps. 14–15)

War—And Vision of a Covenant (Chaps. 14–15)

Amid an Enslaving War, a Blessing (Chap. 14)

Amid Uncertainty and Enslavement, a Covenant (Chap. 15)

23 War—And Vision of a Covenant (Chaps. 14–15)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

In Genesis 14, Abram engages in a war involving many nations, and with the help of a covenant‐based alliance of brothers, he brings back his captured nephew and his possessions. In Genesis 15, God becomes a shield to Abram and makes a covenant, which involves bringing back Abram's enslaved people and their possessions, a covenant with implications for many nations. The two chapters have several points of complementarity, and together they portray a major transition in Abram. In Genesis 14, Abram is supremely courageous and unselfish, but in Genesis 15 he is afraid of the future, and he needs divine help to come outside of himself and believe.

Keywords:   Abram, believing, covenant, Genesis 14, Genesis 15, nations

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