By Paul R. Williamson
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I. H. Segal, The Pentateuch: Its Composition and its Authorship and Other Biblical Studies (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1967). 78. Cassuto, The Documentary Hypothesis, p. 47. 79. Cassuto, The Documentary Hypothesis, p. 48. This assumes, however, that Gen. 4 should be read, 'My covenant is with you'. This is far from established. 80. Hays, 'The Abrahamic Covenant', p. 48. 81. Cf. Chapter 5 Section 3a. 83 Adopting a similar negative stance towards the standard sourcecritical interpretation of Genesis 15 and 17 as doublets, Victor notes concerning ch.
184. 122. Cf. J. Skinner, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Genesis (ICC; Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 2nd edn, 1930 ), pp. E. Ryle, The Book of Genesis in the Revised Version with Introduction and Notes (Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1914), pp. 184-85 and 196. 123. Skinner, Genesis, p. 289. 124. Skinner, Genesis, p. 290. 125. Skinner, Genesis, p. 276. 126. Skinner, Genesis, p. 282. 127. Skinner, Genesis, p. 290. 128. Cf. Chapter 5 Section 3.
27 Kidner likewise maintains that the divine response to Abraham's request for reassurance (in Gen. executed in two stages. The first is in this chapter , an inauguration of a particularly vivid kind. The second stage, in chapter 17, was the giving of the covenant sign, circumcision. 28 Kidner explains the reason for the delay in the second stage in terms of the testing of Abraham's faith, the rationale for the two stages of covenant-making being to highlight both dimensions of the covenant: The earlier chapter fixed the basic pattern of grace and answering faith; nothing was asked of Abram but to believe and 'know of a surety'.