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2 - Blood after Isaac

And God Said “Na”

from Part II - Blood Seeps in Where It Hardly Seems to Belong

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 March 2021

Eugene F. Rogers, Jr
Affiliation:
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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“Blood after Isaac” reads the binding of Isaac, where some interpreters see blood, although the story never mentions it. This chapter introduces the pattern that blood seeps in where it seems not to belong. The little word "na," untranslated in English versions of the story, in modern Hebrew means simply "please," but in the Hebrew Bible indicates irony, as in "say, go ahead, see if I care." The chapter argues that the story of Isaac is best understood in terms of divine irony, God imitating Abraham as a trickster. Why does Abraham not catch on?

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Blood Theology
Seeing Red in Body- and God-Talk
, pp. 39 - 50
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Blood after Isaac
  • Eugene F. Rogers, Jr, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Book: Blood Theology
  • Online publication: 22 March 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108909983.002
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  • Blood after Isaac
  • Eugene F. Rogers, Jr, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Book: Blood Theology
  • Online publication: 22 March 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108909983.002
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  • Blood after Isaac
  • Eugene F. Rogers, Jr, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Book: Blood Theology
  • Online publication: 22 March 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108909983.002
Available formats
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