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By Paul R. Williamson

The divine offers to Abraham have lengthy been well-known as a key to the booklet of Genesis as a complete. yet their kind, usually famous, additionally increases literary and theological difficulties. Why do they fluctuate every time, and the way are they relating to one another and to the tale of Abraham? Williamson makes a speciality of the guarantees in Genesis 15 and 17, and concludes that they're thinking about precise yet comparable concerns. Genesis 15 promises God's promise to make Abraham right into a nice country, whereas Genesis 17 focuses mainly on God's promise to mediate blessing (through Abraham) to the international locations. the 2 chapters are attached, besides the fact that, by means of the subject matter of a person, royal descendant who will come from the kingdom (Israel) and mediate blessing to all of the countries of the earth.

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External promises made to Abraham, yet at the same time types of spiritual and heavenly things). Thus Witsius understands Genesis 15 and 17 as subsequent stages of the covenant that was initiated in Gen. 1-3. A similar, albeit much less complex, approach is adopted also by John Flavel. 23 Given that Ravel speaks of Gen. 1-3 (and Gen. 2-3, 16-18) as 'God's covenant with Abraham',24 presumably he thinks of the covenant as having (Gen. 18) Henry writes: 'that is, gave a promise to Abram, saying Unto thy seed have I given this land1 (p.

McComiskey, The Covenants of Promise, p. 146. 92. Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants, p. 147. 93. Hamilton, Handbook, p. 107. Admittedly, however, the rationale offered in Hamilton's commentary is much closer to that of Robertson; cf. Hamilton, Genesis 1-17, p. 459. 94. Sarna, Genesis, p. 122. 95. Handbook, p. 106. Hamilton identifies these two new items as 'the new name which universalises Abraham's experience with God (he is to be the "father of a multitude of nations") and circumcision which particularises it (he is to be the father of the Jews)'.

R. R. S. ), Literary Interpretations of Biblical Narratives, II (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982), pp. 53-84 (64-65); however, cf. pp. 75-76, where he seems rather to imply that Gen. 15 and 17 present two distinct covenants. 37. D. ', Dialog 22 (1983), pp. 258-63. 38. J. Magonet, 'Abraham and God', Judaism 33 (1984), pp. 160-70 (162). 39. J. Baldwin, The Message of Genesis 12-50 (Bible Speaks Today; Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1986). S. Wallace, Abraham: Genesis 12-23 (London: SPCK, 1981), pp.

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