By Keith N. Grüneberg
This monograph investigates Genesis 12:3 in its context within the ultimate kind of Genesis. the writer argues that the verse is, first, a promise of defense and greatness to Abraham and Israel. besides the fact that, its place following Genesis 1-11 additionally exhibits a divine plan to increase blessing to the entire peoples of the earth. assisting this figuring out of the verse, the writer examines the shut parallels that Genesis and Numbers 24:9 need to Genesis 12:3. He additionally provides a close attention of the idea that of blessing within the previous testomony and of the niphal and hithpael stems of the verb barak. Ph.D. dissertation below the supervision of Dr R. W. L. Moberly, Durham, united kingdom.
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However the focus of the oracle is on what will happen to non-Israelites more than on Israel's greatness: this is signalled by Balaam's introduction to the oracle (vl4), is apparent from the references to Moab, the ntó",33,7S Edom and Seir (wl7-18), and is confirmed by the following brief oracles which speak of the travails of Amalek, Kain, Asshur and Eber, but have no obvious connection to Israel. 79 (Elsewhere in the Old Testament the Kenites are regarded as friendly towards Israel - cf. 3 Numbers 24:9 V9a clearly alludes to Gen 49:9b, with minor differences unimportant to the meaning: ΉΚ3 replaces ΓΤΗΙΟ, and J replaces fan.
Moveor, "I move (myself)" (intransitive) is at least arguably middle (cf. Claflin 1927, 168), though there corresponds an active moveo; this case is more complicated, because moveor can also be used as a passive "I am moved (by someone/something)", and can then take an agent expressed with "a" or "ab". 20 Cf. the definition of morphologically reflexive verbs cited from Geniusiene above. 21 Boyd 1993,298. , derive from Kemmer 1993 a list of situations typically middle-marked: body actions, changes in body posture, spontaneous events, etc.
It suggests that Israel will gain the lands of its enemies (wl7-18). However the focus of the oracle is on what will happen to non-Israelites more than on Israel's greatness: this is signalled by Balaam's introduction to the oracle (vl4), is apparent from the references to Moab, the ntó",33,7S Edom and Seir (wl7-18), and is confirmed by the following brief oracles which speak of the travails of Amalek, Kain, Asshur and Eber, but have no obvious connection to Israel. 79 (Elsewhere in the Old Testament the Kenites are regarded as friendly towards Israel - cf.