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Rebekah, Betrothal, and Genealogy (24:1–25:18)

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0028
Rebekah, Betrothal, and Genealogy (24:1–25:18)

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Rebekah's betrothal (Genesis 24) is the centerpiece of Genesis. It is the longest chapter, containing the longest speech (24:34–49). Rebekah plays a double role. She is a beautiful woman who brings marriage love to Isaac, and as Abraham's servant sees her, she is the manifestation of God's love for Abraham. This double role is linked to the presence of two wells in the betrothal scene. Isaac is betrothed, but so is Abraham in another sense. The complementary text (25:1–18) recounts the surprising proliferation of Abraham's children and the surprising breadth of the associated land.

Keywords: Abraham; beauty; betrothal; center of Genesis; children; Genesis; Isaac; Rebekah

Chapter.  5411 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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