By Professor of Jewish Studies Martin Goodman, George H Kooten, J T a G M Ruiten
Jews, Christians and Muslims describe their origins with shut connection with the narrative of Abraham, together with the complicated tale of Abraham's relation to Hagar. This quantity sketches the background of interpretation of a few of the foremost passages during this narrative, no longer least the verses which kingdom that during Abraham the entire countries of the earth might be blessed. This passage, which good points prominently in Christian historiography, is essentially skipped over in old Judaism, prompting the query how the relation among Abraham and the countries was once perceived in Jewish assets. This concentration is supplemented with the query how Islamic historiography pertains to the Abraham narrative, and particularly to the descent of the Arabs from Abraham via Ishmael and Hagar. In learning the conventional readings of those narratives, the amount bargains a close but wide-ranging research of vital points of the money owed in their origins which emerged in the 3 Abrahamic religions.
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Tigchelaar; TBN ; Leiden ), : “The figure of Abraham has already been developed to such an extent that Abraham ‘deserves’ to be informed of Yhwh’s plans . .. ” 48 Van Seters, Abraham, –. 49 Van Seters, Abraham, . 50 W. Mose –: Abraham (ZBK; Zürich ), . 51 Even though his formulations are somewhat archaic (“heroic”), H. Gunkel, Genesis (Göttingen ), –, described the background accurately. ed noort Irony might be detected in the names. The name of the older son, Moab (áàåî), in Gen : means “from father,” which is strengthened by the lxx (κα κ λεσεν τ νομα α το Μωαβ λ γουσα κ το πατρο ς μου “and she called his name Moab, saying ‘from my father’ ”).
Only Yhwh himself can be Judah’s/Israel’s father. The prophetic texts at the edge of the exile enrich the figure of Abraham. His role as an exemplary ancestor grows and sometimes he surpasses Jacob. In spite of the differences and variations in the texts, one point is clear. The supposed universalism of Gen is nowhere present. The prophets do not know anything of a role for Abraham in relation to “all the families of the earth” (Gen :). They focus exclusively on the future of exiled Israel.
Abraham and the nations Grant faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers in the days of old. 22 Both Jacob and Abraham are mentioned, not as individuals but as the descendants of the fathers, the present generation in exile. In the past, Yhwh had sworn an oath to the fathers (patriarchs). Referring to that oath, the descendants of those patriarchs hope for a renewed fulfilment in the present situation. The oldest prophetic text in which Abraham plays a part is the divine saying in Ezek :–.