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Document Details :
Title: Gn 22,1-19
Subtitle: Essai sur les niveaux de lecture
Author(s): SKA, Jean Louis
Volume: 69 Issue: 3 Date: 1988
The choice of different scenes of Gen 22 (vv. 1a.1b-2.3.4-6.7-8.9-10.11-14.[15-18].19) is governed by different narrative strategies which converge toward the same goal: to bring out the moments in which the different perspectives and levels of knowledge cross. These are especially the moments when God and the reader are in a situation similar to that of Abraham, who cannot communicate to Isaac the real purpose of his pilgrimage. Not being able to speak constitutes one of the key elements of Abraham’s trial; it is at the origin of the extremely objective style and of the dramatic tension of the passage.