By John T. Noble

The profound ambivalence of the biblical portrayals of Hagar and Ishmael—dispossessed, but secure; deserted, but given grants that rival these of the covenant with Abraham—belies effortless characterizations of the Pentateuch’s writers. particularly, John T. Noble argues, traditional characterizations of the Priestly writers’ view of covenant have didn't keep in mind the importance of those “non-chosen” figures.

Noble conscientiously examines their roles and depictions within the P and non-P Genesis traditions, evaluating them to different “non-chosen” figures and to styles present in Exodus traditions and the patriarchal provides to Abraham, exhibiting that Ishmael is obviously preferred, even though no longer selected. certainly, Noble argues, Ishmael has to be obvious as a key determine within the Priestly fabric, highlighting the connection among Noahic and Abrahamic covenants. His ambiguous prestige demands reconsideration of the pursuits and values of the Priestly paintings, which Noble sketches round issues of covenant, fertility, lifestyles, and the way forward for nations.

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