Abraham and Melchizedek: Scribal Activity of Second Temple Times in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110

Abraham and Melchizedek: Scribal Activity of Second Temple Times in Genesis 14 and Psalm 110

Description

This book, emphasizing Genesis 14 and Psalm 110, contributes to the history of composition of the patriarchal narratives in the book of Genesis and to the history of theology of the Second Temple period. Genesis 14 was added on a late stage and in two steps: first, Genesis 14* and later, the so-called Melchizedek episode (ME, vv. 18-20). Genesis 14 is the result of inner-biblical exegesis: both Genesis 14* and the later ME originated from scribal activity in which several earlier biblical texts have served as templates/literary building blocks. As for Genesis 14*, in particular three text groups were important: the Table of Nations, the wilderness wandering narratives and annals from the Deuteronomistic History. As for the ME, it is an example of haggadic exegesis presupposing and without any prehistory independent of its narrative framework. ME is the result of an assimilation between two texts, Genesis 14* and Psalm 110, which assumedly at one point were read as a narrative and a poetic version respectively of Abraham??s war with the kings. Genesis 14 has no value as a source to the history of the patriarchal era and to the religion of pre-Israelite Jerusalem. In contrast, it shows how post-exilic scribes?? painstaking study of biblical texts resulted in the creation of new biblical texts.

Table of contents

Frontmatter......Page 2
Contents......Page 8
Part I: Introduction......Page 16
1. Background, Method, Aim, and Overview......Page 18
Part II: Genesis 14*......Page 38
2. Genesis 14: Characteristics, Textual Integrity, and Textual Criticism. Preliminary Discussion and Hypotheses......Page 40
3. Genesis 14* and the Abraham Tradition......Page 62
4. Genesis 14* and the Composition History of the Abraham Narratives......Page 75
5. Why Was Genesis 14* Composed and Inserted into the Abraham Narrative? An Attempt at a Literary Answer......Page 94
6. The Literary Building Blocks of the Author of Genesis 14*......Page 114
7. The Historical Motivation for the Author of Genesis 14* and the Texts Historical Meaning......Page 144
Part III: The Melchizedek Episode (= ME) in Genesis 14:1820......Page 168
8. Preliminaries......Page 170
9. Hypothesis: The Origin of the Melchizedek Episode Best Explained within the Paradigm of Diachronic, Inner-Biblical Exegesis......Page 187
10. Psalm 110......Page 189
11. The Phenomenon of Assimilation in the Bible......Page 204
12. [Omitted]: An Analysis of MT Psalm 110:4b......Page 210
13. Early Intertextual Readings of Genesis 14 and Psalm 110......Page 230
14. The Result of an Assimilation of Two Texts, Both Thought to Be Referring to Abrams War with the King......Page 238
15. What Has Happened to the Words [omitted] on the Way from Psalm 110 to the Melchizedek Episode? ......Page 247
16. The Date of the Melchizedek Episode......Page 254
17. A Critical Assessment of the Assimilation Model......Page 257
18. Summary of Part III......Page 261
Part IV: The Addition of Genesis 14* and the Melchizedek Episode in Perspective......Page 262
19. The Addition of Genesis 14 to the Torah in Light of Second Temple Period Book Production......Page 264
Part V: Bibliography ......Page 276
Index of Ancient Names, Deities, Personifications ......Page 308
Index of Modern Authors ......Page 311
Index of Passages ......Page 315

Details

  • Author: Gard Granerd
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • ISBN-10: 3110223457
  • ISBN-13: 9783110223453
  • Pages: 335
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 1.6M
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