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Die Vertauschung des Erstgeburtssegens in der Genesis: Eine Analyse der narrativ-theologischen Grundstruktur des ersten Buches der Tora
Hensel, Benedikt

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011 pp. xiv + 387. $195.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 423


Description: This study explores the literary phenomenon that, at crucial crossroads, the line of promise of “Israel” is continued through the younger brother instead of the firstborn son, which is so important otherwise. This motif of subversion is limited to the book of Genesis, where it is used not less than twelve times. The analysis of forms, contexts and functions of this motif reveals a strictly constructed narrative concept. This construction enables an attribution of identity to Israel which justifies Israel’s special role among other peoples, legitimizes it and shapes its profile theologically.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Michael S. Moore
Published 2/8/2013
Citation: Michael S. Moore, review of Benedikt Hensel, Die Vertauschung des Erstgeburtssegens in der Genesis: Eine Analyse der narrativ-theologischen Grundstruktur des ersten Buches der Tora, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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