Parashat Lech Lecha / What’s in a (New) Name?

The metamorphosis Abraham undergoes when God renames him continues beyond the narrow limits of the biblical text - into the life of the reader, who is commanded to always refer to the first patriarch as 'Abraham.'

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The Torah is written in two genres: narrative and legal. The narrative sections tell a historical-mythological story, creating their own inner logic. At least from the rhetorical standpoint, they do not deal...