The Birth of Isaac: Genesis 21:1-7

Wendell W. Frerichs

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1994

Issue: Genesis (Vol. 14, No 2, Spring, 1994)

Three decades of Jewish-Christian dialogue have begun to make a difference in the reading of texts, including Gen 21:1-7 on the birth of Isaac. In the light of the contexts of Genesis and the rest of the Bible, can we make a case for this contemporary interpretation? Are the births of Jewish children today a fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah? Must Genesis 21 go on being fulfilled over and over again, in continuous succession, without break until the end of time? Is it of ultimate significance if God should ever break faith with Abraham and Sarah?

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