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War—And Vision of a Covenant (Chaps. 14–15)

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0023
War—And Vision of a Covenant (Chaps. 14–15)

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In Genesis 14, Abram engages in a war involving many nations, and with the help of a covenant‐based alliance of brothers, he brings back his captured nephew and his possessions. In Genesis 15, God becomes a shield to Abram and makes a covenant, which involves bringing back Abram's enslaved people and their possessions, a covenant with implications for many nations. The two chapters have several points of complementarity, and together they portray a major transition in Abram. In Genesis 14, Abram is supremely courageous and unselfish, but in Genesis 15 he is afraid of the future, and he needs divine help to come outside of himself and believe.

Keywords: Abram; believing; covenant; Genesis 14; Genesis 15; nations

Chapter.  5330 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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