This article is based on a previous study: Rendsburg, “Biblical Literature as Politics: The Case of Genesis,” in Adele Berlin, ed., Religion and Politics in the Ancient Near East (Bethesda, MD: Univ. Press of Maryland, 1996), pp. 47–70, which, in turn, is greatly indebted to a seminal article by the late doyen of Israeli biblical scholars, Benjamin Mazar: “The Historical Background of the Book of Genesis,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 28 (1969), pp. 73–83.