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Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis

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This volume is an intriguing and subtle study of five Genesis dreams—Abimelech's (20:1–18), Jacob's (28:10–22; 31:10–13), Laban's (31:24) and Abraham's (15:1–21). Like many of their ancient Near Eastern counterparts all occur at times of uncertainty, concern status, and emphasize divine involvement in human affairs. At a deeper level, they also address doubts arising from God's promise of land, descendants, and a unique role for Israel among the nations. Their particular treatment of relations between Israelites and non-Israelites, and of Israel's absence from the land points to the Babylonian Exile as the background against which the patriarchal dream texts achieved their present form. Revisions of the Night shows how dreams combine the highly personal with the ardently political in an inspired response to national crisis.

Key Features

  • Landmark scholarship on the book of Genesis
  • All Scripture references are linked to the original language texts and English Bibles in your library
  • Textual, linguistic, interpretive, and historical approach to studying Genesis

Product Details

  • Title: Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis
  • Author: Diana Lipton
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 288

About Diana Lipton

Diana Lipton is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.

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