Genesis 15 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Ch. 15. The Covenant with Abram. (J, E.)
This chapter contains at least two slightly different narratives, which dealing with the same subject have been blended together. Thus Gen 15:1 ; Gen 15:5 speak of Abram in sleep, at night time, when the stars are visible: in Gen 15:12 ; Gen 15:17 we read of the sun going down, and afterwards, when the sun had set, of its becoming dark. In Gen 15:6, Abram’s faith is singled out for especial commendation. In Gen 15:8, Abram, in distress and doubt, asks for a sign. In Gen 15:13-16, is recorded an explicit promise of the occupation of the land of the Amorite. In Gen 15:17-18, the covenant is made, with a brief sentence containing a promise of the land. The probability is that we have here a combination of the two threads of prophetic narrative, which have been distinguished by scholars as (E) Elohist, or Ephraimite, and (J) Jehovist, or Judean. See Introduction.
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