[b-hebrew] daughters jacob never spoke of

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Jun 21 20:16:16 EDT 2006

Actually, the "Gur Aryeh" says:  "Avraham DID NOT ASK Sarah's 
permission to use this ruse........"

So you are wrong, but you are right that  - Avraham did not "act that way."

And nowhere in the text does it say that Avraham asked Sarah to say 
that she was his sister.


Dear Shoshanna,

HH: One other point here is that Abraham asked Sarah to say that she was
his sister. If she really was his half-sister, then he was not asking
her to lie. If she was not, then not only was Abraham lying but he was
compelling Sarah to lie too. This seems a completely unworthy way to
behave, and I cannot think Abraham acted that way.

HH: After Abraham was caught by Abimelech in his misrepresentation of
reality (Genesis 20), Abraham explained himself fully. He had no real
need to aggravate the situation by concocting more fabrications. He
admitted what he had done.

HH: God had already told Abimelech in a dream to give Abraham back his
wife and have Abraham pray for him so that he would live and not die
(Gen 20:7). Although Abraham did not know this, it must have taken some
of the rage away from Abimelech.

Harold Holmyard
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