“All of this underscores the main point of this chapter: that by narrowing his concern to Abraham, God is not turning his back on all others. God’s election of Abraham is not a parochial dismissal of his former cosmic concern. It must be remembered that the God who calls Abraham is the God who has called the creation into existence and who has called all humankind to reflect his character and steward his creation. That sovereign kingly call is not being surrendered here” (109).
“Israel’s separation is not a spatial idea, but a moral and religious one” (122).
“As a covenant sign, circumcision was not intended as a racial badge. Indeed, the non-Israelite who became a believer in Yahweh was also to be circumcised” (130).