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Title Seeking a homeland : sojourn and ethnic identity in the ancestral narratives of Genesis / by Elisabeth Robertson Kennedy.
Imprint Boston : Brill, 2011.


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 266 pages)
Series Biblical interpretation series ; 106
Biblical interpretation series ; 106.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-255) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject Bible. Genesis -- Criticism, Narrative.
Bible. Genesis.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents 1. A place for sojourn -- Theoretical tools: Anthony D. Smith -- Mapping an ethnoscape: sojourn in the itinerary notices -- Bolstering ethnic election: sojourn in the promise speeches -- Constructing relational ethics: sojourn in the dialogues -- Conclusions: journeying on trajectories for reflection.
Summary Sojourn is a Leitwort in the ancestral narratives of Genesis, repeatedly accentuated as an important descriptor of the patriarchś¿¿ identity and experience. This study shows that despite its connotations of alienation, sojourn language in Genesis contributes to a strong communal identity for biblical Israel. An innovative application of Anthony D. Smith́¿¿s theory of ethnic myth utilizes the categories of ethnoscape, election, and communal ethics as analytical tools in the investigation of the Genesis sojourn texts. Close exegetical treatment reveals sojourn to strengthen Israeĺ¿¿s ethnic identity in ways that are varied and at times paradoxical. Its very complexity, however, makes it particularly useful as a resource for group identity at times when straightforward categories of territorial and social affiliation may fail.
Other Title Print version: Kennedy, Elisabeth Robertson. Seeking a homeland. Boston : Brill, 2011 9789004191693