[b-hebrew] daughters jacob never spoke of

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Jun 21 15:02:33 EDT 2006

Shoshanna Walker wrote:

>"coloring the truth" - my words, not Rashi's or Abraham's, I could 
>have used different phrases but - I thought this was a list about 
>semantics in Hebrew, not English.
>The point being, that for whatever reasons Avraham thought he needed 
>to "lie" (which is not the point of this discussion, but we can cite 
>that, too...commentaries explain that in verse 2) - he did his best 
>to remain as close to the truth as possible.

HH: This is what I don't agree with. You are calling Abraham a liar, and 
I am not. That is the point of the discussion. There's no need to 
gratuitously call him a liar. Scripture does not require that.

>What difference does it make what you or I think would have been 
>simpler to have been written in the Torah, the Torah is very precise 
>in every single letter, including missing ones, and enlarged ones, 
>why it is written the way it is written.

HH: Shoshanna, I tried to explain to you why the Book of Genesis did not 
mention Sarah's birth details in Genesis 11. It is extraneous to the 
flow of the text.

Harold Holmyard


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