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From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood
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From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood

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The primeval blessing, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,' first announced to humankind in Genesis 1.28 is renewed to Noah and his sons after the flood in Genesis 9.1. There is widespread scholarly consensus that the ensuing dispersion in Genesis 10.1-32 and 11.1-9 is the means by which the creation blessing is fulfilled. Kaminski argues that the primeval blessing is not fulfilled in the Table of Nations and that Yahweh's scattering Noah's descendants in the Babel story does not contribute positively to the creation theme. Rather, the creation blessing is being taken up in the primary line of Shem (Genesis 11.10-26), which leads directly to Abraham.

She further suggests that divine grace is not absent after the Babel judgment, as is commonly assumed, but is at work in the Shemite genealogy. She argues that the primeval blessing, which is unfulfilled in the primeval history, is taken up by Abraham and his descendants by means of a divine promise. While the blessing is in the process of being realized in the patriarchal narratives, it is not fulfilled. The multiplication theme is resumed, however, in Exodus 1.7, which describes Israel's proliferation in Egypt. This is the first indication that the creation blessing is fulfilled. Realization of the primeval blessing progresses after the flood, therefore, from Noah to Israel. Yet God's blessing on Israel is not for their sake alone - it is the means through which the divine intention for creation will be restored to the world.

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  • Title: From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood
  • Author: Carol M. Kaminski
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Volume: 413
  • Pages: 168

About Carol M. Kaminski

Carol M. Kaminski (Ph.D., Cambridge) is assistant professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, USA.

About The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement

The The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement (renamed the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies in 2005) is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. All the diverse aspects of Old Testament study are represented and promoted in the series, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

The series was launched by Sheffield Academic Press in 1976, and is published regularly by T & T Clark International as The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. This world-class religious academic publishing program is both interdisciplinary and international in scope, incorporating Sheffield Academic Press, T & T Clark and Trinity Press International.

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