Abstract

Abimelekh of Genesis 20 is typically read as simply a more righteous version of Pharaoh of Genesis 12. The current essay argues that Abimelekh is essentially a comic figure, as ridiculous as he is righteous. This understanding enables us to appreciate the role of Genesis 20 in the Abraham narrative. Abimelekh, acting as a foil for Abraham, parodically imitates the patriarch's heroic gestures of righteousness and piety.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 277-290
Launched on MUSE
2005-08-03
Open Access
No
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