Abraham and Isaac Among the Nations (19:30–Chap. 21)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI:
 								Abraham and Isaac Among the Nations (19:30–Chap. 21)

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The incestuous birth of the grandchildren of Lot (19:30–38) forms a stark contrast with the birth of Isaac, the laughter‐related child of Abraham and Sarah (21:1–7). Both these birth texts lead to accounts suggesting the integrity of the surrounding peoples: Abimelech (Genesis 20); the Egyptians (Hagar's people, 21:8–21); and Abimelech and the Philistines (21:22–34). The overall effect is to suggest that the birth of Isaac has positive implications for the fate of the surrounding peoples.

Keywords: Abimelech; Abraham; Abraham and the nations; birth of Isaac; Egyptians; Genesis; Lot; Philistines; Sarah

Chapter.  5183 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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