Did the Gods Cause Abraham’s Wandering? An Examination of ‭םיהלא‬ ‭יתא‬ ‭ועתה‬ in Genesis 20.13

  title={Did the Gods Cause Abraham’s Wandering? An Examination of ‭םיהלא‬ ‭יתא‬ ‭ועתה‬ in Genesis 20.13},
  author={Andrew J. Schmutzer},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  pages={149 - 166}
In Gen. 20.11-13, ‭םיהלא‬ is ambiguously used with a plural verb in the Masoretic version of Gen. 20.13. ‭םיהלא‭ could refer to the true God or pagan ‘gods’. In this article, this unconventional grammatical feature is explored from multiple angles (e.g. morphology, grammar/syntax, history of interpretation) with sensitivity to the literary-theological movement of the narrative in its final form. Part and parcel of the history of interpretation involves how versions (the Samaritan Pentateuch… Expand


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