Endangered ancestress revisited: Sarah's miraculous motherhood and the restoration of Eden

Carden, M. J. (2005) Endangered ancestress revisited: Sarah's miraculous motherhood and the restoration of Eden. The Bible and Critical Theory, 1 3: 1-22. doi:10.2104/bc050018


Author Carden, M. J.
Title Endangered ancestress revisited: Sarah's miraculous motherhood and the restoration of Eden
Journal name The Bible and Critical Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1832-3391
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2104/bc050018
Volume 1
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Editor R. Boer
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Monash University
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440204 Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
780199 Other
Abstract The paper examines the ‘endangered ancestress’ theme in Genesis, in which the matriarchs, Sarah and Rebecca, are passed off to alien rulers as the sisters of their respective husbands, in Sarah’s case twice. Rather than viewing these incidents as clumsy duplication, the paper reads them as a literary device in a continuous narrative. The paper argues that when read in this way, these incidents serve to underline the singular status of Sarah in contrast to Rebecca and subsequent matriarchs. Sarah is shown to be the unique foremother of Israel. Alone of all her sex, she represents a pristine new beginning, analogous to human beginnings in Eden.
Q-Index Code C1

 
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