The Role Of Abraham In The New Oxford Annotated Bible

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To be a patriarch is to be a father of a family, tribe, or nation. Biblical patriarchs are considered to be fathers of the human race. Abraham is considered to be the greatest patriarch of Israel. Abraham is chosen by God to go on a journey. He is an exemplary model of a man who undergoes a process of developing faith and obedience to God. All throughout Abraham’s life God makes promises to him that he will bless Abraham, make him a great nation, make his name great, and bless the world through him. Abraham’s faith and loyalty wax and wane. I believe Abraham is the greatest patriarch because he shows faith, bravery, tremendous amounts of loyalty and acts of obedience on his journey led by God. Abraham was not always faithful and obedient to God. His faith waivered…show more content…
He wanted God to bless him in other ways, like through numerous descendants. “The New Oxford Annotated Bible discusses that this section is the only section of Genesis associating a patriarch with Jerusalem; indeed it is the only place in the entire Torah where Jerusalem is referred to by name.” After his great feat, Abraham was again worried about whether God would fufill his promise. The Lord appeared again to Abraham and told him not to be afraid for God himself was his shield and reward. (Genesis 15.2-15.3) But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” So God made the first covenant with Abraham. “Oxford Bible Commentary states that this direct vision of God convinces him: he believes, that is, trusts, God’s word.” When Abraham was 86, he and Sarai began to again become impatient with God

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