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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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Rebekah, Betrothal, and Genealogy (24:1–25:18)

Rebekah, Betrothal, and Genealogy (24:1–25:18)

The Double Betrothal (Chap. 24)

The Double Genealogy (25:1–18)

28 Rebekah, Betrothal, and Genealogy (24:1–25:18)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

Rebekah's betrothal (Genesis 24) is the centerpiece of Genesis. It is the longest chapter, containing the longest speech (24:34–49). Rebekah plays a double role. She is a beautiful woman who brings marriage love to Isaac, and as Abraham's servant sees her, she is the manifestation of God's love for Abraham. This double role is linked to the presence of two wells in the betrothal scene. Isaac is betrothed, but so is Abraham in another sense. The complementary text (25:1–18) recounts the surprising proliferation of Abraham's children and the surprising breadth of the associated land.

Keywords:   Abraham, beauty, betrothal, center of Genesis, children, Genesis, Isaac, Rebekah

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