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Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac: A Redaction Criticism of Genesis 22:1-19

Woo, Jin-Hyung 1

1평택대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper examines Genesis 22: 1-19, 'Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac', to read a self-understanding of Israel, particularly by means of redaction criticism. In the redactional examination Genesis 20-22 is a consistent one layer: especially the chapter 22 is a conclusion of the ideas that begun in 20. Through the story, it seems that the redactor wanted to present a new value and norm of life required by the Israelite in the face of a new era. In the paper the historical significance of 'Isaac as a son' to the Israelite is sought for; telling the early literary layer and the revised layer in the analysis of Genesis 22: 1-19, it is studied what 'God's test and Abraham's obedience' in concern of sacrificing Isaac means to the Israelite. The redactor employs the story as an example to argue that, in the world where God sovereigns, Israel has to resign from building up a 'great nation' by power but come up as an 'intercessor of blessing' by way of the fear of God.

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