Re-Imagining Abraham

A Re-Assessment of the Influence of Deuteronomism in Genesis


In Re-Imagining Abraham: A Re-Assessment of the Influence of Deuteronomism in Genesis Megan Warner revisits the tradition that Genesis was edited by editors sympathetic to the theology of the Deuteronomist. On the basis of close, contextual readings of the four passages most commonly attributed to (semi-)Deuteronomistic hands, Warner argues that editorial use of Deuteronomistic language and themes points not to a sympathy with Deuteronomistic theology but rather to a sustained project to review and even subvert that theology. Warner’s ‘re-imagining’ of Abraham demonstrates how Israel’s forebear was ‘re-imagined’ in the post-exilic context for the purpose of offering the returning exiles a way forward at a time when all the old certainties, and even continued relationship with Yahweh, seemed lost.

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Megan Warner, DTheol (2012), University of Divinity (Melbourne), is Teaching Fellow at King’s College London. She has published widely on Genesis and the Pentateuch and is the author of Abraham: A journey through Lent (SPCK, 2015).
"Warner's Monographie nimmt einen festen Platz in der Landschaft der Genesis-Forschung ein." - Urmas Nommick, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2019
Foreword by Mark G. Brett
List of Tables

1 The Deuteronomist in Genesis?
 A Brief Overview of the History of Proposals concerning Deuteronom(ist)ic Editing in Genesis
 Outline of the Present Study
 The Four Passages as Additional to Their Context
 The Four Passages as Deuteronom(ist)ic
 The Characterization of Text as Post-Deuteronomistic/Post-Priestly
 Structure of the Book

2 Land, People and Torah
 Gen 26:1–11 The Ancestress in Danger – Again
 Gen 26:12–22 ‘Now Yahweh has Made Room for Us and We Shall be Fruitful in the Land’
 Gen 26:23–25 From There He Went Up to Beersheba
 Gen 26:26–33 Abimelech and Isaac Exchange Oaths
 Gen 26:34–35 And They Caused Bitterness of Spirit for Isaac and Rebekah
 Gen 26:3–5 The Late Addition
 Reading Gen 26:3–5 in the Context of Genesis 26
 Final Observations

3 The Heir in Danger
 Genesis 20 Ironies, Half-Truths and Flawed Assumptions
 Gen 21:1–7 The Birth of Isaac
 Gen 21:8–12 The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael
 Gen 21:22–34 Abimelech and Abraham Exchange Oaths
 Gen 22:1–14 The Binding of Isaac
 Gen 22:15–18 The Late Addition
 Gen 22:19 So Abraham Returned to His Young Men …
 Reading in Context
 Final Observations

4 Righteousness and Justice
 Gen 18:1–16 The Visitors
 Gen 18:17–19 The Additional Passage
 Gen 18:20–22 ‘I Must Go Down and See’
 Genesis 19 Lot’s Hospitality and the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
 Gen 18:23–33 Then Abraham Came Near
 Reading in Context
 Final Observations

5 ‘And He Believed Him’
 Preliminary Observations
 Gen 15:1–6 Descendants
 Gen 15:7–21 Land
 Reading Genesis 15 in Context
 Final Observations

6 Re-Imagining Abraham: A Deuteronom(ist)ic Project?
 The Four Passages as a Group
 Re-Imagining Abraham
 Re-Imagining Abraham: A Democratizing Project
 Re-Imagining Abraham: Abraham as Future Hope
 Re-Imagining Abraham: Abraham and the Nations
 Are the Four Passages Deuteronom(ist)ic?
 If Not D, Then...?
 Final Observations

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