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Thursday, June 21, 2007


Thanks for the tip Grahame. This does make sense and would be consistent with the reading I discuss, I think. Some Jewish exegetes (Josephus) seem to moralize the tale into one of pride and punishment - but in the context in Genesis this is clearly not the focus.

Sean, I thought you might be interested to know that Kenneth Cracknell discusses an alternative view in his 'In Good and Generous Faith'.

Leaning on common Jewish exegesis, he sees the passage as a refusal of the divine command to multiply and fill the earth. To me, this makes nice sense of the story's context between chapter 9-10 and the call of Abram in chapter 12.

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