The Friend of God
Walter C. Kaiser
Messianic Jewish Pub & Res Llc
Abraham is referred to in Scripture as the “Father of many nations.” In fact, the Ishmaelites, the Edomites, the offspring of Keturah, and all the Israelites come from him! There are two other nations, viz., the Moabites and Ammonites, that come from his nephew Lot, a man whose life and times were closely related to those of Abraham. This makes Abraham, therefore, somewhat of unique character, for even though Abraham takes a most central position in the book of Genesis, he is not the ancestor of just one single national group. As a consequence, most of the story about Abraham must be gathered from a number of stories in this book of Genesis instead of a single “Abrahamic source.” The material that covers the life and work of Abraham emphasizes the Covenant between God and Abraham and the most significant part of that document, the promise of a son and heir of all Abram has been blessed with. It is this emphasis that makes its resemblance to the gospel in the New Testament so special and noteworthy!
Walter C. Kaiser graduated from Wheaton College and Graduate School, obtaining his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. He then taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he served as vice president and academic dean from 1980 to 1992. In 1993 he moved to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he was a professor of Old Testament and spent many months of the year teaching internationally. He became president of Gordon-Conwell in 1997 and retired in 2006. He is currently President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics and lives on a farm in Wisconsin with his wife, Nancy.