By John Ha
This booklet is a marginally revised variation of Ha’s doctoral dissertation lower than J. A. Soggin, defended on the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. This clean examine of Gen 15 isn't just an incredible contribution to the certainty of this bankruptcy, but in addition to Pentateuchal examine mostly and, for that reason, hugely recommended.
Part one reviews the harmony of Gen 15 and the prophetic impression. Ha bargains his personal translation o f this article whose problems are renowned. For the ובן משק ביתי in v. 2, Ha follows L. A. Snijders and interprets “and the usurper of my house—he is a Damascene—is Eliezer.” The opposed personality of Eliezer may possibly turn into an issue in Gen 24:2, yet Ha solves it well (pp. 19-22). He doesn't ponder חשׁכה in v. 12b a gloss and interprets “the worry of an excellent darkness fell upon him" (p. 25). Ha lists the entire difficulties of Gen 15 similar to doublets and discrepancies that have raised the matter of the tradition-history and the literary resources of the bankruptcy for a few years. Ha summarizes all of the given recommendations, and as one may well anticipate in a dissertation, he attempts to be exhaustive. He provides a web page desk, beginning with Gunkel, Skinner, Smend, and so on. and working to De Pury, Zimmerli, and Anbar. The desk exhibits that the source-analysts agree on just a only a few verses and that the rest verses were attributed by way of diversified students to diverse assets. a couple of students, despite the fact that, deal with Gen 15 as a literary unit. How the paintings of Van Seters may be known as “structural research” (p. three) is a secret.
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Because of the frequent recurrence of their interplay in many verses, an individual treatment of the above literary characteristics cannot help hopping back and forth between certain verses. Thus, a better organized analysis would be to treat these characteristics as they appear in the chapter verse by verse. This approach has the advantage of facilitating the tracing of the unbroken thread running through it. I. Literary Characteristics Before proceeding to an analysis of the chapter, it is important to identify every single recurrence of the abovelisted literary characteristics.
6) followed by a promise of land (vv. 7, 18) and a rite (vv. 9-10, 17) as well as a covenant (v. 11) and prophetic utterances about the destiny of Abraham (v. 15) and his descendants (vv. 13-14, 16). The lack of unity seems apparent also from the doublets and discrepancies in the chapter. Thus, for example, there are two "word advent" formulae in vv. 1 and 4 and two successive uses of wayyö'mer to introduce Abraham's speech in vv. 2 and 3 and YHWH's in v. 5. The two discrepancies of the 37 Cf. vv.
18 summarizes the whole event of Abraham's meeting with YHWH, in which Abraham's future was talked about. J. Van Seters (1975)63 The two parts of Gen. 15, namely, vv. 1-6 and 7-21, are unified by the theme of inheritance as well as by v. 6. Their parallel structures are made to sustain the varied "genres" drawn from the royal court, prophetic narrative conventions and legal spheres. The chapter is most likely a Deuteronomistic work. H. Schmid (1976)64 Gen. 15 was composed at a time when a great threat hung 58 J.