In this episode, members of the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”—David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid—discuss and give textual and theological analyses of the Genesis and Book of Abraham accounts of the great patriarch Abraham. Where do the texts differ? Are there resources from ancient studies or the wider Judeo-Christian literature that bolster some of the Book of Abraham’s distinctive points? Why did Abraham flee Ur? What was the episode in Egypt all about when Abraham told Sarai to say she was his sister rather than his wife? The members of the team also discuss the “Abrahamic Covenant” as well as Hagar and Ishmael, helping us better understand their histories and continued impact. Finally, they take on the Akedah, the “binding of Isaac,” in all its difficulty. Is there a theologically satisfying way to discuss this difficult story?
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Correction: Early in the episode, Tom gave the wrong name for a website where academics share their work. The site he is referring to is http://www.academia.edu/.
Father Tom Roberts, “Sacral Kingship of Christ,” Facebook page with links to his various writings, videos, etc.