Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 1, “Genesis” pp. 81-240.
Part 2 “Account of Abraham (11:27-25:10) pp. 137-184. Section C “Abraham in Egypt (12:10-13:4)” pp. 141-143.
Genesis 12:10-13:4 seems almost like an interruption in God’s work of blessing. the author notes a severe famine which drives Abraham to Egypt. He returns to his departure point in 13:4. Sailhamer considers this narrative to introduce a recurring theme. There is a promise which is then in jeopardy. God remains faithful to his word, enters the scene, and resolves the threat. Here, as in the narrative about Joseph, we see the pattern in operation. Sailhamer draws many parallels on p. 142. “The reason for repetitions and recursions of similar narratives throughout the Pentateuch is to show that the matter has been firmly decided by God and that God will act quickly to bring about his promise” (Sailhamer 1992, 143).