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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919


LEDER, Arie C.. "There he built an altar to the Lord" (Gen 12:8): City and Altar Building in Genesis. Old testam. essays [online]. 2019, vol.32, n.1, pp.58-83. ISSN 2312-3621.

This essay examines Genesis' depiction of the contrast between patriarchal altar-building (”–•, Gen 12:7, 8; 13:18; 22:9; 26:25; 35:7; cf. 8:20) and pre-patriarchal city-building (”–, Gen 4:17; 10:11; 11:4). The patriarchal building is qualitatively different because the altars are built in the place where, and after, YHWH appears to the patriarch, in the context of a word of blessing evocative of Genesis 12:1-3.It is suggested that the patriarchal altars of Genesis anticipated the place Yhwh would choose for his name to dwell.

Palabras clave : Genesis; to build; city; altar; there [name (sam/sem)].

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