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God’s Resolution

(22:11-14 22:15-19) point "Do-not-do

With variations, the third section corresponds to the first and the second. It comes, however, as a doublet, for a single resolution cannot embrace both characters evenly. Parallel units (22:11-14 and 22:15-19) contain a three-fold pattern: the narrated appearance of deity, a speech to Abraham, and the narrated response. 16 These two units do not introduce God speaking ()mr) directly to Abraham, as in section one, but rather the messenger ofYhwh calling (qr)) to him from heaven. If the difference connotes distance, it also bespeaks transcendence. From beyond, deity interprets the text. The responses ofAbraham indicate that he understands.