Monday, October 22, 2007

Notes Toward a Report: Question 4

What is unique about a Mormon understanding of Abraham?

4 Comments:

Blogger Adam S. Miller said...

Genesis 16

- what about the connections between Gen 16 and D&C 132? the differences in the account of how/why a second wife is taken?

5:42 PM  
Blogger Adam S. Miller said...

Genesis 20-21

- in the entire Genesis account of Abraham he is “old”; a uniquely Mormon understanding of Abraham will be an understanding of Abraham as other than “old”?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Adam S. Miller said...

Genesis 22

- does this double loss of both Ishmael and Isaac connect with Mormon doctrines about the loss and risk inherent in the plan of salvation?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Adam S. Miller said...

Abraham 1

- the most striking difference between Genesis and Abraham: the shift from an brisk, impersonal, third-person narrative to a detailed and self-conscious first-person narration?

- the shift in narrative style is exemplified in the shift toward explanation for why things are done (some Genesis is very short on)

- this shift is more “Mormon” because explanation and a discussion of priesthood “rights” is more works oriented and intelligible? de-emphasizing the mysterious, unconditional and unaccountable intervention of God?

- what do we do with the “Pharaoh” who is righteous and blessed but denied the priesthood?

5:54 PM  

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