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Abram Journeys and Sees the Land (Chaps. 12–13)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0022
 								Abram Journeys and Sees the Land (Chaps. 12–13)

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The call of Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12–13 is one of the great stories of all time. Against a background of death and failure, someone responds to the call to new life and to a promise that includes a form of new creation. The account of Abram's initial journeys falls into two balancing sections (12:1–13:1; and 13:2–18), with major crises or tests involving beauty and wealth respectively. Abram fails the first test; he effectively gives away his wife, Sarai, to the Egyptians to save himself. But in the second test, in the quarrel involving Lot, he puts brotherhood before wealth, and at the end, the promise from God is stronger than ever.

Keywords: Abraham; beauty; call of Abram; Genesis 12–13; journey; Lot; new creation; promise; Sarai; wealth

Chapter.  5029 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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