From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 157 pages
The primaeval blessing, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,' first announced to humankind in Genesis 1.28 is renewed to Noah and his sons after the flood in Genesis 9.1. There is widespread scholarly consensus that the ensuing dispersion in Genesis 10.1-32 and 11.1-9 is the means by which the creation blessing is fulfilled. Kaminski argues that the primeval blessing is not fulfilled in the Table of Nations and that Yahweh's scattering Noah's descendants in the Babel story does not contribute positively to the creation theme. Rather, the creation blessing is being taken up in the primary line of Shem (Genesis 11.10-26), which leads directly to Abraham. She further suggests that divine grace is not absent after the Babel judgment, as is commonly assumed, but is at work in the Shemite genealogy.

She argues that the primeval blessing, which is unfulfilled in the primaeval history, is taken up by Abraham and his descendants by means of a divine promise. While the blessing is in the process of being realised in the patriarchal narratives, it is not fulfilled. The multiplication theme is resumed, however, in Exodus 1.7, which describes Israel's proliferation in Egypt. This is the first indication that the creation blessing is fulfilled. Realisation of the primaeval blessing progresses after the flood, therefore, from Noah to Israel. Yet God's blessing on Israel is not for their sake alone - it is the means through which the divine intention for creation will be restored to the world.

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Contents

Chapter 1 IS THE DISPERSAL IN GENESIS 919 TO BE INTERPRETED POSITIVELY?
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Chapter 2 ARE THE BABELITES REJECTING THE COMMAND TO FILL THE EARTH?
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Chapter 3 DOES YHWHs SCATTERING NOAHS DESCENDANTS FULFIL THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSING?
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Chapter 4 IS THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSING FULFILLED IN THE TABLE OF NATIONS?
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Chapter 5 THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSING AND THE SHEMITE GENEALOGY
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Chapter 6 DOES THE PRIMAEVAL HISTORY END ON A NOTE OF JUDGMENT?
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Chapter 7 DOES THE PROMISE OF INCREASE TO THE PATRIARCHS CONTRIBUTE TO THE REALIZATION OF THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSI...
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Chapter 8 REALIZATION OF THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSING THROUGH ISRAEL
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Chapter 9 FULFILMENT OF THE PRIMAEVAL BLESSING IN EGYPT EXODUS 117
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CONCLUSION
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Bibliography and Further Reading
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Index of References
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Index of Authors
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Carol M. Kaminski (Ph.D., Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, USA. She is the author of From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood (T&T Clark, 2004).