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The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Aqedah (Genesis 22) and Its Interpretations

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The central theme of the papers read at the conference about the Aqedah is the history of reception of Genesis 22: The Sacrifice of Isaac.
After observations related to the biblical text and human sacrifice in Ancient Israel, the sacrifice of Iphigeneia is studied, followed by papers about the reception of the Aqedah in Qumran, in Jubilees, in Rabbinical and in Christian Syriac traditions, finally in a recently published poem in the Bodmer papyri and in the Koran. Important ...

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Overview

The central theme of the papers read at the conference about the Aqedah is the history of reception of Genesis 22: The Sacrifice of Isaac.
After observations related to the biblical text and human sacrifice in Ancient Israel, the sacrifice of Iphigeneia is studied, followed by papers about the reception of the Aqedah in Qumran, in Jubilees, in Rabbinical and in Christian Syriac traditions, finally in a recently published poem in the Bodmer papyri and in the Koran. Important contributions are made by the history of art. Two essays in this volume study the older iconography and the Aqedah in Italian art. The reception in modern times: Kierkegaard, a gender-motivated and a psychoanalytical reading can be found in the last part of the volume.
The studies published in this volume bring surprising and oft neglected aspects of the famous narrative to light. How in different times and in different circles Genesis 22 has been interpreted is an encouragement for hermeneutical reflection and a help for exegesis itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004124349
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Themes in Biblical Narrative Series , #4
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Noort, Ph.D. (1975), Göttingen, is Professor of Old Testament at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. He heads the Department of Biblical Studies and the Centre for Religious Studies and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published on Mari texts, Archaeology of Palestine, the Early Prophets and on Biblical Theology. His publications include Die Seevölker in Palästina and Das Buch Josua: Forschungsgeschichte und Problemfelder.
Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Ph.D. (1994), Groningen, works at the Qumran Institute at the University of Groningen. He heads a research project about “The Embodiment of Judaism”. He is a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. He is the author of Prophets of Old and the Days of the End and co-editor of Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXIII (Qumran cave 11) and The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Contributors
Genesis 22: Human Sacrifice and Theology in the Hebrew Bible 1
Sacrificing a Child in Ancient Greece: The Case of Iphigeneia 21
The Sacrifice of Isaac in 4Q225 44
Abraham, Job and the Book of Jubilees: The Intertextual Relationship of Genesis 22:1-19, Job 1-2:13 and Jubilees 17:15-18:19 58
The Aqedah and Its Interpretations in Midrash and Piyyut 86
The Bodmer Poem on the Sacrifice of Abraham 96
The Lamb on the Tree: Syriac Exegesis and Anti-Islamic Apologetics 109
Ibrahim's Sacrifice of His Son in the Early Post-Koranic Tradition 125
Abraham's Sacrifice in Early Jewish and Early Christian Art 140
Three Italian Sacrifices: Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Del Sarto, Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio 152
Kierkegaard's Reading of the Sacrifice of Isaac 166
The Sacrifice of Abraham as a (Temporary) Resolution of a Descent Conflict? A Gender-Motivated Reading of Genesis 22 182
Isaac Threatened by the Knife of Psychoanalysis? 198
Bibliography of Recent Studies 211
References to Ancient Texts 225
Illustrations 231
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