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The Binding of Isaac

Hardback|Jul 2007
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Boehm offers a new reading of the Akedah in Genesis 22. The first part shows how the version of the narrative did not contain the angelic figure. The second part re-examines religious interpretations of the text to show that exegetes...

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Boehm offers a new reading of the Akedah in Genesis 22. The first part shows how the version of the narrative did not contain the angelic figure. The second part re-examines religious interpretations of the text to show that exegetes such as Maimonides and his followers did point out Abraham's disobedience.
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Traditional interpertations in both Judaism and Christianity argue that the Akedah presents not only an ethical question but also an ethical reply. But for the intervention of the angel, Abraham would have killed his son. Obedience to God take precedence over morality as humanly conceived. Yet, the angel of YHWH that appears to Abraham is a later addition to the text; thus, in the original narrative Abraham actually disobeys the divine command to slay his son, and sacrifices a ram instead. The first part of the book shows how the "original" version of the narrative did not contain the angelic figure. The second part of the book re-examines various religious interpretations of the text to show that exegetes such as Maimonides and his followers did point out Abraham's disobedience. According to these writers the esoteric layer of the story in fact declares that disobedience to God's command was Abraham's true affirmation of faith. In th ethird part of the book, Boehm re-opens the philos
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Omri Boehm

Omri Boehm is a doctoral student in the Philosophy department at Yale University who has published articles on the Akedah in various Hebrew Bible journals.

  • Foreword By Jack Miles; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Preliminary Methodological Considerations; Chapter 3: Abraham: A Model Of Obedience?; Chapter 4: The Original Abraham Story: Abraham's Disobedience; Chapter 5: Abraham's Ethical Protest: The Trial Of Sodom; Chapter 6: Abraham's Journey To The Land Of Moriah; Chapter 7: The Religious Significance Of The Akedah; Chapter 8: "the Prevention Of Sacrifice": Ibn Caspi's Interpretation; Chapter 9: Maimonides On The True Nature Of Prophecy; Chapter 10: Between Job And Abraham; Chapter 11: On Fearing God Without Being Afraid Of Him: From Kierkegaard To Kant; Chapter 12: A Religious Model Of Disobedience.

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