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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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Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)

Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)

Abraham's Generosity: A Basis for Justice (Chap. 18)

The Rescue of Lot: Justice as Generous (19:1–29)

25 Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

God's wondrous life‐giving visit to Abraham and Sarah at Mamre (Genesis 18) is the counterpoint to God's fiery destruction of two cities (19:1–29). The catastrophe is attributed to God, but the terrible divine action is set in the context of God's care for life and justice – a care that exceeds even that of Sarah and Abraham – and in the context of the evil of the people of Sodom. Between the two – between generosity‐based justice and evil – Lot dithers and chooses narrowly. The scene as a whole – the destruction by fire – has some continuity with the destruction by water (the flood).

Keywords:   evil, flood, generosity, genesis, justice, lot, Mamre, Sodom

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