Category Archives: Abraham

Torah-observant Abraham?

There’s a surprising comment in Genesis 26, in which the LORD assures Isaac that he will bless him, “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments (mitzvot), my statutes (chuqot), and my laws (torot)” (26:5). This … Continue reading

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Abrahamic David

According to its inscription, Psalm 72 is in praise of Solomon, for his mercy, piety, and might. Towards the end, the psalmist exclaims, “May men bless themselves (יִתְבָּרְכוּ) by him, all nations (גֹּויִם) call him blessed!” (Ps 72:17, RSV) This has … Continue reading

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Abrahamic Promise

In the Benedictus, Zechariah joyfully recalls “the oath which [the LORD] sware to our father Abraham” (Lk 1:73). What is this oath? Readers of the NT who spend a lot of time with Paul will immediately think of “the promise, … Continue reading

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The Faith of Abraham

“Per quanto paradossale possa sembrare, la fede di Abramo é, per Agostino, una fede cristologica. Attraverso formulazioni che si rincorrono retoricamente e che si intersecano l’una nell’altra, Agostino sembra dire che la fede di Abramo é gia fede nel Cristo venturo” (Agostino, … Continue reading

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NT commentary on Abraham and the Binding

Hebrews 11:17-19 — Πίστει προσενήνοχενἈβραὰμ τὸν Ἰσαὰκ πειραζόμενος, καὶ τὸν μονογενῆ προσέφερεν ὁ τὰς ἐπαγγελίας ἀναδεξάμενος, πρὸς ὃν ἐλαλήθη ὅτι Ἐν Ἰσαὰκ κληθήσεταί σοι σπέρμα, 19λογισάμενος ὅτι καὶ ἐκ νεκρῶν ἐγείρειν δυνατὸς ὁθεός: ὅθεν αὐτὸν καὶ ἐν παραβολῇ ἐκομίσατο. James 2:20-24: θέλεις δὲ γνῶναι, ὦ ἄνθρωπε κενέ, ὅτι ἡ πίστις χωρὶς τῶν ἔργων ἀργή ἐστιν;21Ἀβραὰμ ὁ πατὴρ ἡμῶν οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων ἐδικαιώθη, ἀνενέγκας Ἰσαὰκ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον; 22βλέπεις ὅτι ἡ πίστις συνήργει τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἔργων ἡ πίστις ἐτελειώθη, 23καὶ ἐπληρώθη ἡγραφὴ ἡ λέγουσα, Ἐπίστευσεν δὲ Ἀβραὰμ τῷ θεῷ, καὶ ἐλογίσθη αὐτῷ εἰς δικαιοσύνην, καὶ φίλος θεοῦἐκλήθη. 24ὁρᾶτε ὅτι ἐξ ἔργων δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος καὶ οὐκ ἐκ πίστεως μόνον. Romans 4:16-22: διὰ τοῦτο ἐκ πίστεως, ἵνα κατὰ χάριν, εἰς τὸ εἶναι βεβαίαν τὴν ἐπαγγελίανπαντὶ τῷ σπέρματι, οὐ τῷ ἐκ τοῦ νόμου μόνον ἀλλὰ καὶ τῷ ἐκ πίστεως Ἀβραάμ {ὅς ἐστιν πατὴρ πάντωνἡμῶν, 17καθὼς γέγραπται ὅτι Πατέρα πολλῶν ἐθνῶν τέθεικά σε} κατέναντι οὗ ἐπίστευσεν θεοῦ τοῦζῳοποιοῦντος τοὺς νεκροὺς καὶ καλοῦντος τὰ μὴ ὄντα ὡς ὄντα: 18ὃς παρ’ ἐλπίδα ἐπ’ ἐλπίδι ἐπίστευσεν εἰςτὸ γενέσθαι αὐτὸν πατέρα πολλῶν ἐθνῶν κατὰ τὸ εἰρημένον, Οὕτως ἔσται τὸ σπέρμα σου: 19καὶ μὴἀσθενήσας τῇ πίστει κατενόησεν τὸ ἑαυτοῦ σῶμα [ἤδη] νενεκρωμένον, ἑκατονταετής που ὑπάρχων, καὶ τὴννέκρωσιν τῆς μήτρας Σάρρας, 20εἰς δὲ τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ θεοῦ οὐ διεκρίθη τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ ἀλλ’ ἐνεδυναμώθητῇ πίστει, δοὺς δόξαν τῷ θεῷ 21καὶ πληροφορηθεὶς ὅτι ὃ ἐπήγγελται δυνατός ἐστιν καὶ ποιῆσαι. 22διὸ [καὶ] ἐλογίσθη αὐτῷ εἰς δικαιοσύνην. Several striking details: James and Hebrews agree in linking Abraham’s faith to his … Continue reading

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The teleological suspension of the ethical

“Faith,” writes K., “begins precisely where thinking leaves off” (p. 46). “The ethical as such is the universal…It rests immanently in itself, has nothing outside itself that is its telos, but is itself the telos for everything outside itself…the single … Continue reading

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