Siegbert Riecker, «Ein theologischer Ansatz zum Verständnis der Altarbaunotizen der Genesis», Vol. 87 (2006) 526-530
This article is thought to be an interaction with the interesting and innovative contribution of Wolfgang Zwickel in Biblica 73 (1992). He disagreed with the cult aetiology hypothesis for the “Altarbaunotizen” of the Old Testament. His argumentation was convincing, but his alternative explanation seemed to be comparatively weak. The present contribution tries to give another explanation for the phenomenon of the “Altarbaunotizen”. They can be connected indirectly with the blessing promise of Gen 12,3 and therefore to the whole theological thrust of the book of Genesis. The offerings can be interpreted as witness to the Canaanite population. Even though this thought seems to be quite uncommon, many hints can be found in the texts, that point into this direction, supported by a late Jewish interpretation of Gen 21,33.