Younger-Brother Motif in Genesis as an Object of Love and Hatred in the family: Tensions, Conflicts and Reflection for the contemporary African Family


younger-brother motif
African family.


The younger-brother motif in the book of Genesis is a cause of tensions and conflicts in the family. The younger brother becomes an object of love and hatred of parents and siblings, causing rivalry among them in the family. This paper analyses five younger brother-motif texts, highlighting the various types of family conflicts demonstrated in the narratives. It further explores the theological significance of the use of the motif in Genesis. The family problems raised in the narratives also persist in the African family. The paper recommends, among others, going back to the traditional moral training of the African child to build the conscience as a step to resolution of the conflicts in the contemporary African family.



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