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1. Biblical Tradition

Stories about Isaac appear in Genesis 17–28. Although they are largely to be ascribed to J, P is represented at the beginning (17:15–27) and end (27:46–28:9), and E in 21:1–7 and 22:1–19 (Pentateuch). Chap. 26 elaborates most fully on Isaac’s life, including his adventures and quarrels in Gerar, God’s theophany in Beer-sheba with the promise to bless Isaac, and his covenant with Abimelech.

2. History of Scholarship

Isaac has been described as a legendary figure (H. Gunkel; Abraham…

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McKane, William, “Isaac”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I337>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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