Random Thoughts on the Priestly Narratives in Genesis
I’m considering the priestly narratives in the the first half of Genesis. What is their point? How would they ‘preach’ to the ancient primary hearers and re-readers?
Genesis 1 – Why we keep the Sabbath
Genesis 6 – No mixed marriages
Genesis 9 – Don’t eat meat with blood in it
Genesis 17 – Circumcision and covenant
So there you go, random thoughts as I sit in the library. In three of the four narratives you have the ‘boundary markers’: Sabbath, circumcision, and food law, and in the other you have no mixed marriages. There were just a couple of dudes who this was an issue for post exile!