[b-hebrew] daughters jacob never spoke of
hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Jun 21 15:33:04 EDT 2006
>"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: You see, I have always been taught and find more credible, in terms
of the narrative, that Sarah was Abraham's half-sister. This was before
God prohibited marriages within families, and we know that Adam's
children had to marry within the family. Here is part of an online article:
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
We are introduced to Sarai in Genesis 11:29. She is here mentioned as
the wife that Abraham "took," while still in Ur of the Chaldees, that
is, while among his kindred. It is immediately added that "Sarai was
barren; she had no child." By this simple remark in the overture of his
narrative, the writer sounds the motif that is to be developed in all
the sequel. When the migration to Haran occurs, Sarai is named along
with Abram and Lot as accompanying Terah. It has been held that the
author (or authors) of Genesis 11 knew nothing of the relationship
announced in 20:12. But there can be no proof of such ignorance, even on
the assumption of diversity of authorship in the two passages.
Sarai's career as described in Genesis 11 was not dependent on her
being the daughter of Terah. Terah had other descendants who did not
accompany him. Her movements were determined by her being Abram's wife.
It appears, however, that she was a daughter of Terah by a different
mother from the mother of Abram. The language of 20:12 would indeed
admit of her being Abram's niece, but the fact that there was but 10
years' difference between his age and hers (Genesis 17:17) renders this
hypothesis less probable. Marriage with half-sisters seems to have been
not uncommon in antiquity (even in the Old Testament compare 2 Samuel
This double relationship suggested to Abraham the expedient that he
twice used when he lacked faith in God to protect his life and in
cowardice sought his own safety at the price of his wife's honor.
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