When History Repeats Itself: The Theological Significance of the Abrahamic Covenant in Early Jewish Writings.
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Alongside ‘Mosaic discourse’, Second Temple period authors increasingly looked to Abraham as a source of instruction and authority. This article focuses on the growing importance of the Abrahamic covenant through the lens of five re-tellings of Israel’s history that link the past with the present: the Damascus Document, the Apocalypse of Weeks, 4 Ezra, Nehemiah 9, and Galatians. This article argues that various authors placed themselves within a historical narrative that spotlighted the Abrahamic covenant in order to identify themselves as the elect and demarcate the boundaries separating them from the non-elect. The ideological orientation of each text can account for why the Abrahamic covenant, rather than the later Mosaic pact, became the basis for identity politics.
Mermelstein, Ari. (2017). When History Repeats Itself: The Theological Significance of the Abrahamic Covenant in Early Jewish Writings. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 27(2), 113-142.
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