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Belonging in Genesis This page intentionally left blank Belonging in Genesis Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi BAYLOR UNIVERSITY PRESS ©2016 by Baylor University Press Waco, Texas 76798 All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of Baylor University Press. Cover Design by AJB Design, Inc. Cover Image: The Standard of Ur, “Peace” panel. Detail with banquet scene. From Ur, southern Iraq, about 2600–­ 2400 BC. British Museum, London, Great Britain. Photographed by Mary Harrsch. 978-1-60258-748-9 (Web PDF) This ebook was converted from the original source file. Readers who encounter any issues with formatting, text, linking, or readability are encouraged to notify the publisher at Some font characters may not display on all ereaders. To inquire about permission to use selections from this text, please contact Baylor University Press, One Bear Place, #97363, Waco, Texas 76798. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Mbuvi, Amanda Beckenstein, 1976– Belonging in Genesis : biblical Israel and the politics of identity formation / Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi. 179 pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-60258-747-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Bible. Genesis—Criticism, interpretation, etc. 2. Identification (Religion)— Biblical teaching. 3. Families—Biblical teaching. I. Title. BS1235.52.M37 2016 222’.1106—dc23 2015026595 For my family This page intentionally left blank ...


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