Old Testament Essays
This essay examines Genesis' depiction of the contrast between patriarchal altar-building (בנה, Gen 12:7, 8; 13:18; 22:9; 26:25; 35:7; cf. 8:20) and pre-patriarchal city-building (בנה, Gen 4:17; 10:11; 11:4). The patriarchal building is qualitatively different because the altars are built in the place where, and after, YHWH appears to the patriarch, in the context of a word of blessing evocative of Genesis 12:1-3.It is suggested that the patriarchal altars of Genesis anticipated the place YHWH would choose for his name to dwell.
Leder, Arie C., ""There He Built an Altar to the Lord" (Gen 12:8) City and Altar Building in Genesis" (2019). Seminary Faculty Publications. 14.