Abraham and Family

Etiology of nations

family tree

Promises, challenges, covenants

Promise of land

Promise of descendants

Why was Abraham chosen for great promises?



Open invitation

More challenge than gift

Preferential option for the poor


Premodern view - perfect, no mistakes, didn't lie

Modern view - trickster, clever is good

Postmodern - struggles we can relate to

Background to reading for next time

Postmodern interpretation embraces different perspectives of readers today, not trying to be objective

Feminism – advocates equal rights, opportunities, and dignity regardless of sex

Womanism – subset that pays particular attention to the experiences of black women

Womanist biblical interpretation – reading the Bible from the perspective of black women