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The “Shield” of Abraham?

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Martin Kessler1
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  • 1 Brandeis University Waltham
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Vetus Testamentum IOSOT ( 2013 ) 32-35 brill.com/vt Vetus Testamentum © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 1964 DOI: 10.1163/15685330-99000007 The “Shield” of Abraham? Martin Kessler Brandeis University, Waltham Genesis xv, which contains an account of Yahweh’s covenant with Abraham, opens with the Heilsorakel : ʾal tira⁠ʾ ʾabram ʾanoki magen lak śekarka harbeh meʾod , which the Revised Standard Version translates: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great”. The term magen ( ʾabram ) with which we are here primarily concerned, may be interpreted in a number of ways. Alt suggested in 1929 in his article

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