In this discursive commentary, Joseph Blenkinsopp explores the story of Abraham—iconic ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—as told in Genesis 11–25. Presented as a continuous discussion rather than in verse-by-verse form, Blenkinsopp’s commentary focuses on the literary and theological artistry of the narrative as a whole.
Blenkinsopp discusses a range of issues raised in the Abraham saga, including confirmation of God’s promises, Isaac’s sacrifice and the death of Jesus, and Abraham’s other son, Ishmael. Each chapter features a “Filling in the Gaps” section, which probes some of the vast Jewish, Christian, and Islamic commentary that Genesis has generated through the ages.
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For more on Abraham, check out Abraham: The Father of the Jews.
Learned historian that he is, Joseph Blenkinsopp here brings his best critical eye to the Abraham narratives, paying primary attention to the ongoing role and function of the Abraham tradition.
—Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
In clear and engaging language, one of the most accomplished biblical scholars of our time sheds much light on the figure of Abraham in Genesis, challenging scholarly conventions along the way and placing the narratives about him in a new framework.
—Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University
Blenkinsopp has furnished us with a creative reimagining of Abraham and his emergence in biblical tradition. A fascinating and provocative study.
—Gary N. Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Joseph Blenkinsopp is John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is also the author of Opening the Sealed Book: Interpretations of the Book of Isaiah in Late Antiquity, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ezekiel, and Treasures Old and New: Essays in the Theology of the Pentateuch.