By Keith N. Grüneberg
This monograph investigates Genesis 12:3 in its context within the ultimate kind of Genesis. the writer argues that the verse is, first, a promise of safeguard and greatness to Abraham and Israel. although, its place following Genesis 1-11 additionally shows a divine plan to increase blessing to the entire peoples of the earth. assisting this realizing of the verse, the writer examines the shut parallels that Genesis and Numbers 24:9 need to Genesis 12:3. He additionally provides an in depth attention of the idea that of blessing within the previous testomony and of the niphal and hithpael stems of the verb barak. Ph.D. dissertation below the supervision of Dr R. W. L. Moberly, Durham, united kingdom.
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25 The blessing is not inappropriate to the individual in the story, as if here the text forgets that it is talking about characters and sees only their significance in prefiguring Edom and Israel; rather, as Abraham is blessed with the promise of posterity, so for Esau or Jacob the welfare of their descendants would have been a major element in their own prosperity. The blessing bears no particular resemblance to any of the divine promises to the patriarchs, apart from v29b which clearly recalls 12:3a.
G. Schreiner 1962, taken up by Wolff 1966. 9 Kemmer 1993; cf. also her earlier co-authored article, Croft, Shyldkrot et al. 1987. 10 Boyd 1993. 11 Geniusiene 1987; Boyd 1993. 12 For arguments in favour of the latter, see Bresnan 1982; also Klein 1992, 29-35, 288-89 on the theory and its possible application to the niphal. 13 The syntactic coding varies between different instances and different languages: so, for instance, in a passive construction the referents and roles may be the same as in the corresponding active, but the Patient is likely to be coded as subject, while the Agent may be coded as an oblique object; in an accusative language it is likely that Agent and Actor will be coded as subject, with Patient differently coded, while in an ergative language14 Actor and Patient will be coded as absolutive, while an Agent will be coded as an ergative.
In Num 23-24 the effects of Balaam's blessing are clearly not independent of Yhwh. ), and will ensure that his plan is fulfilled (23:19). 41 Hence the need 38 39 40 41 Scharbert 1975,290; cf. also Mitchell 1987, 90-92. Cf. Alter 1981,106-7. Cf. von Rad 1962,288, cited below p26. This effectiveness is not a matter of words having magical power, but of the possibility of "performative" use, as much a feature of modern languages; so, for example, in appropriate circumstances, to say "I will" is to marry.