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Patriarchal Narrative
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The patriarchal narrative (better, “ancestral narrative,” since both women and men are thematically important) narrows the account of human interaction with God begun with creation (Primeval History [Genesis 1–11]) to the story of the family of Abraham and Sarah. At the beginning of the narrative (Gen. 12:1–3, 7), God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah of offspring, a land, protection, and blessings to themselves and to all nations through them establishes the scope of the narrative—a n…

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Robinson, Robert B., “Patriarchal Narrative”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.47>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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