Vetus Testamentum 60 (2010) 546-559 brill.nl/vt Vetus Testamentum © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853310X527860 Willing Obedience with Doubts: Abraham at the Binding of Isaac * Jonathan Jacobs Bar-Ilan University Abstract Among biblical commentators and scholars, the accepted view of Abraham in the story of the Binding of Isaac is of a one-dimensional, almost superhuman figure whose entire consciousness, on the way to sacrifice his son, is focused solely on fulfilling the Divine will. According to this view there is no textual evidence of any deliberation or hesitation in Abraham’s mind, and he is to be viewed as praiseworthy for fulfilling God’s will without any doubt or misgiving. In contrast to this prevailing opinion, I attempt to show that the biblical narrator uses various literary devices to hint to the qualms that plague Abraham on his journey. Although he gives no voice to his apprehensiveness, it may be uncovered through a careful and attentive reading of the text, exposing Abraham’s inner world. Keywords Abraham, Binding of Isaac, secondary characters, Gen 22 Introduction The story of the binding of Isaac (Gen 22) has been subjected to intense scru- tiny from many and diverse perspectives. 1 The aim of
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Keywords: Gen 22; secondary characters; Abraham; Binding of Isaac
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