Abraham's Royal Seed in Genesis

David D. Pettus, Liberty University

Document Type Article

Presented at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting in San Diego, CA in 2007.


This study briefly surveys the three passages which specifically mention Abraham’s royal seed and seeks to discover any trajectory intended by the author/compiler in the canonical form of Genesis. The results suggest that there is such a trajectory for the royal seed traceable through the renaming pattern in the divine speeches to Abram, Sarai, and Jacob. The trajectory essentially functions to both identify and narrow the royal seed (i.e. moving it from the general progeny to a specific progeny divinely selected to be the bearer of the promises).