By Gard Granerød
This e-book, emphasizing Genesis 14 and Psalm one hundred ten, contributes to the background of composition of the patriarchal narratives within the ebook of Genesis and to the heritage of theology of the second one Temple interval. Genesis 14 was once further on a past due level and in steps: first, Genesis 14* and later, the so-called Melchizedek episode (ME, vv. 18-20). Genesis 14 is the results of inner-biblical exegesis: either Genesis 14* and the later ME originated from scribal task during which a number of past biblical texts have served as templates/literary development blocks. As for Genesis 14*, particularly 3 textual content teams have been very important: the desk of countries, the wasteland wandering narratives and annals from the Deuteronomistic background. As for the ME, it really is an instance of haggadic exegesis presupposing and with none prehistory self sustaining of its narrative framework. ME is the results of an assimilation among texts, Genesis 14* and Psalm one hundred ten, which assumedly at one aspect have been learn as a story and a poetic model respectively of Abraham??s battle with the kings. Genesis 14 has no worth as a resource to the background of the patriarchal period and to the faith of pre-Israelite Jerusalem. against this, it exhibits how post-exilic scribes?? painstaking examine of biblical texts ended in the production of recent biblical texts.
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1–11. In summary, von Rad, Emerton, Schatz, and Westermann all agree on a tripartite division of Genesis 14: an annalistic-style account (approx. vv. 1–11), a hero story about Abram’s rescue (approx. vv. 12–17, 21–24), and the ME (vv. 18–20). However, they disagree about their chronological order. Von Rad argued that the annalistic account represented the earliest part (fragment of a Canaanite epos) that subsequently was combined with a story about the patriarch. Eventually, the ME was added in the monarchic period.
Moreover, I argued that the narrative in Genesis 14* is internally consistent, which suggests a common authorship for the entire narrative. Below, in chapter 6, The Literary Building Blocks of the Author of Genesis 14*, I will argue that the author of Genesis 14* borrowed words, constellations of names, and motifs from different types of biblical literature. 45 46 47 48 J. Gordon McConville, ‘Abraham and Melchizedek: Horizons in Genesis 14’, in He Swore an Oath: Biblical Themes from Genesis 12–50 (ed.
18–20). However, they disagree about their chronological order. Von Rad argued that the annalistic account represented the earliest part (fragment of a Canaanite epos) that subsequently was combined with a story about the patriarch. Eventually, the ME was added in the monarchic period. The other three argue that the hero story about Abram’s rescue represents the earliest part to which first the ME, and later the annalistic account in vv. 1–11, were added shortly before or during the exile. 3 Critical Examination of the Theory of a Tripartite Division Objections can be raised to both models outlined above.