Abraham & Family: New Insights into the Patriarchal Narratives
Edited by Hershel Shanks
“This is a book for Bible study groups—and others, too, of course. But it was the Bible study group that I had in mind when this project was conceived.”
Some of the greatest modern minds—people like Elie Wiesel and Jack Miles—wrestle with the Biblical text in this unique look at the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel. Each chapter offers fresh perspectives on some of the best-known Biblical characters.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Abraham and Isaac
- The Binding or Sacrifice of Isaac: How Jews and Christians See Differently
by Robin M. Jensen
- Who’s Testing Whom: Was Abraham Really Ready to Kill His Son?
by Lippman Bodoff
- Abraham and Yahweh: A Case of Male Bonding
by Philip R. Davies
- Abraham’s Eight Crises: The Bumpy Road to Fulfilling God’s Promise of an Heir
by Larry R. Helyer
- Bible Versus Babel
by Jacob Milgrom
- The Baptism of Jesus: A Story Modeled on the Binding of Isaac
by William R. Stegner
- The Stars in the Heavens: Many or a Few?
Part II: Sarah and Hagar
Part III: Isaac and Ishmael
- Hagar’s Expulsion: A Tale Twice-Told in Genesis
by Zefira Gitay
Part IV: Jacob and Esau
- Parallel Lives: The Trials and Traumas of Isaac and Ishmael
by Curt Leviant
- What Did Sarah See?
by Jonathan Kirsch
- Esau and Jacob
by Elie Wiesel
- Jacob’s Wrestling Match: Was It an Angel or Esau?
by Jack Miles
- The Patriarch Jacob: An “Innocent Man”
by Carl D. Evans
- Deception for Deception: Who Breaks the Cycle?
by Richard Elliott Friedman
- Jacob’s Terrible Burden: In the Shadow of the Text
by Gordon Tucker
Part V: Rachel and Leah
- Rachel and Leah: Sibling Tragedy or the Triumph of Piety and Compassion?
by Samuel Dresner