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The Promise to the Patriarchs

Joel S. Baden


The promise of progeny and land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the central theological statement in the Pentateuch. This book is an attempt to understand as fully as possible how the promise functions to shape the meaning of the Pentateuch as a whole. It employs and evalutes both synchronic and diachronic approaches to the promise, concentrating particularly on the common literary-historical tendency to view many of the promise texts as secondary insertions. The book argues instead for the originality of the promise to each of the pentateuchal sources, and reveals the ways that the promise se ... More

Keywords: promise, patriarch, abraham, isaac, jacob, pentateuch, theology, source criticism, final form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel S. Baden, author
Yale Divinity School