A Literary Analysis of the Abraham Narrative
The narrative’s artistic design is especially evident in its arrangement of the two halves of the story around the protagonists’ change of name. The stories of Abram and Sarai in the first half of the cycle (11:27-16:16) are parallel to the stories of Abraham and Sarah in the second half (18:1-22:24). A close reading of this transformation in the biblical narrative illuminates the moral and theological values championed by the figure of Abraham as luminary, soldier, family man, and loyal subject of God.
“Abraham was but one man” (Eze 33:24)
The Historical Era of the Abraham Narrative
Sources, Redaction, and Cohesion
The Interchangeability of God’s Names in the Narrative
The Abraham Cycle as a Cohesive Unit
Redaction as Interpretation of the Text
The Narrative and Artistic Structure of the Abraham Cycle
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