Victim into Saint: Patriarchal Retellings

David Brown

in Tradition and Imagination

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198269915
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600432 | DOI:
 Victim into Saint: Patriarchal Retellings

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Examines the way in which, and some of the reasons why, the stories of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, have been altered both within Scripture and subsequently within the later history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. With Abraham, the main focus is on the way in which Paul reorientated the story towards faith rather than the more natural Jewish reading in terms of faithfulness (obedient conduct). With the akedah or binding of Isaac, the reason all three religions move the focus from father to son is explored. In the case of Joseph, the differing treatments of virtue and temptation are examined.

Keywords: Abraham; akedah; faith; faithfulness; Isaac; Islam; Joseph; Judaism; patriarchs

Chapter.  27332 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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