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Abraham
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1. Biblical Tradition

The biblical stories of Abraham occur only in Genesis, chaps. 11 (origins and call) through 25 (death). Together, they are the source of the figure of Abraham that is referred to elsewhere in the biblical tradition and in the thought of the church—namely, the ancestor of the people of Israel who received God’s promises and lived in faithful obedience to God. As Abram, he responded to God’s command and moved to a distant cou…

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McKane, William, “Abraham”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A18>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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