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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919

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ANTWI, Emmanuel Kojo Ennin. Younger-brother motif in Genesis as an object of love and hatred in the family: Tensions, conflicts and reflection for the contemporary African family. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.1, pp.11-29. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n1a3.

The younger-brother motif in the book of Genesis reflects tension and conflict in a family. The younger brother in some cases becomes an object of hatred to his siblings but is loved by the parent and this has devastating consequences for the family. This paper analyses five younger brother-motif texts, highlighting the various types of family conflicts demonstrated in the narratives. It further explores the theological significance of the use of the motif in Genesis. The family problems raised in the narratives also persist in the African family. The paper recommends, among others, going back to the traditional moral training of the African child to build the conscience as a step to resolution of the conflicts in the contemporary African family.

Palavras-chave : Younger-brother Motif; Genesis; Tension; Conflicts; Rivalry; African Family.

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