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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)

Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)

Abraham's Generosity: A Basis for Justice (Chap. 18)

The Rescue of Lot: Justice as Generous (19:1–29)

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25 Sodom: Generosity‐Based Justice (18:1–19:29)
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0025

God's wondrous life‐giving visit to Abraham and Sarah at Mamre (Genesis 18) is the counterpoint to God's fiery destruction of two cities (19:1–29). The catastrophe is attributed to God, but the terrible divine action is set in the context of God's care for life and justice – a care that exceeds even that of Sarah and Abraham – and in the context of the evil of the people of Sodom. Between the two – between generosity‐based justice and evil – Lot dithers and chooses narrowly. The scene as a whole – the destruction by fire – has some continuity with the destruction by water (the flood).

Keywords:   evil, flood, generosity, genesis, justice, lot, Mamre, Sodom

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