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Author Syrén, Roger.

Title The forsaken first-born : a study of a recurrent motif in the patriarchal narratives / Roger Syrén
Published Sheffield, England : JSOT Press, ©1993


Description 1 online resource (159 pages)
Series Journal for the study of the Old Testament. Supplement series, 0309-0787 ; 133
Journal for the study of the Old Testament. Supplement series ; 133.
Contents Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Chapter 1 THE ISHMAEL TEXTS; Genesis 16.7-16; Genesis 17; Genesis 21; Genesis 25; Chapter 2 THE ISHMAEL MOTIF APPLIED TO A POSTEXILIC CONTEXT; The Roots: Ishmael in the Sources; The Development: A Theological Appraisal of Ishmael; The Inner-Jewish Conflict; The Foreign Presence and National Unity; Summary; Chapter 3 THE ESAU TEXTS; A Review of Scholarly Opinions on the Jacob-Esau Complex; The Texts; Genesis 25.19-34; Excursus: The Birthright in the Milieu of the Old Testament; Genesis 27; Genesis 32-33; Esau''s Marriages
Chapter 4 THE GENEALOGICAL LISTS OF ISHMAEL AND ESAUContexts (Genesis 25 and 36); ''Types'' of Genealogical Lists in Genesis; The Ishmael and Esau Lists; Summary; Chapter 5 THE REUBEN TEXTS; Reuben in Genesis; Reuben in Other Books; Summary; Chapter 6 THE MANASSEH TEXTS; Genesis 41.50-52; Genesis 48.5; Genesis 48.8-20; Summary; Chapter 7 CONCLUSIONS; The Textual Perspective; The Thematic Perspective; The Relevance of the Motif; A Historical Sitz im Leben for the Motif; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Authors; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Z
Summary This provocative book combines literary and historical methods to examine the phenomenon of the ''forsaken firstborn'' in Genesis. The dignity of the firstborn sons of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph-Ishmael, Esau, Reuben and Manasseh-is disregarded in the narrative and the rights inherent in their status are taken from them and conferred on a younger brother. One might easily compare this with the motif in many folktales of the youngest son outdoing his elder brothers in cleverness and skill. But unlike the folklore motif, in the book of Genesis the younger brother''s success is not due to a
Analysis Christianity Scriptures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-150) and indexes
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Subject Ishmael (Biblical figure)
Esau (Biblical figure)
Esau (Biblical figure)
Ishmael (Biblical figure)
Esau Biblische Person
Ismael Biblische Person
SUBJECT Bible. Genesis -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Genesis.
Bible. Genesis fast
Bible. A.T. ram
Bibel Altes Testament gnd
Patriarchenerzählung gnd
Subject First-born children in the Bible.
First-born children -- Biblical teaching
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
First-born children in the Bible
Genesis (bijbelboek)
Patriarches bibliques -- Relations familiales.
Narration in the Bible.
First-born children in the Bible.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780567427946