[b-hebrew] Abraham, Sarah, Lot, and Lot's Wife
rosewalk at concentric.net
Sat Dec 29 22:12:39 EST 2007
No one ever claims or claimed that the text of the Torah reported
every single detail. In fact, we know that there were many Mitzvot
that the Torah commanded but did not EVEN report the details of how
to perform them. So the fact that the Torah did not report in detail
that Avraham knew that Avimelech did not touch Sarah, does not mean
that he did not know, ESPECIALLY since we are told that Avraham was a
prophet, ie; that he DID know, by prophetic information, directly
You wrote: ÄúHere we go again. We know that Avraham had no such doubts
G-d warned Avimelech in a dream not to touch her, telling him that Avraham
was a prophet, and therefore he knew that she had not been touched.Äù
1. The fact that YHWH may have warned Abimelech in a dream not to touch
Sarah would not mean that Abraham knew that Abimelech did not touch Sarah.
2. The text does not report that YHWH ever told Abraham that Abimelech had
not touched Sarah.
3. The text does not report that Sarah ever told Abraham that Abimelech had
not touched Sarah.
4. Abraham is not reported to praise YHWH at IsaacÄôs birth. Why?
t Abraham portrayed as profusely thanking YHWH at IsaacÄôs birth?
5. Abraham is not portrayed as saying anything nice to or about Isaac during
IsaacÄôs childhood. Why is that?
6. Abraham is not stated to be grieved or upset when he almost kills Isaac
in the harrowing binding incident. Why not?
7. (a) Abraham is portrayed as pleading IshmaelÄôs case to YHWH at Genesis
17: 18. Why doesnÄôt Abraham plead IsaacÄôs case to YHWH in the binding
(b) Abraham is portrayed as being ÄúgrievedÄù at Genesis 21: 11 when Sarah
forces Abraham to exile Ishmael. Why isnÄôt Abraham portrayed as
in the binding incident?
8. To me, the foregoing strongly implies that for many years, Abraham was
not sure whether Isaac was AbrahamÄôs blood son or AbrahamÄôs adopted son. I
agree that at Genesis 25: 19, we get the good news that Isaac almost certainly
was in fact AbrahamÄôs blood son. But the critical issue is whether
100% sure from day #1 that Isaac was AbrahamÄôs blood son, as opposed to
possibly being AbrahamÄôs adopted son.
9. AbrahamÄôs core righteousness is that Abraham accepts Isaac as his sole
heir, despite having some doubts about IsaacÄôs biological paternity
at the time,
because YHWH tells Abraham to accept Isaac as AbrahamÄôs sole heir.
10. Abraham is a more impressive character, and the narrative about him is
more impressive, once one understands that Abraham himself was not sure at the
beginning whether or not Isaac was AbrahamÄôs blood son. Abraham did not have
an easy life, nor did he have easy choices. Abraham is righteous, and he
makes the right choices for the right reasons. But those were not
AbrahamÄôs personal preference was for Ishmael, whom Abraham knew for sure was
AbrahamÄôs blood son. But Abraham properly chooses Isaac as his sole heir,
because that was what YHWH told Abraham to do, even though Abraham was not sure
at the time of IsaacÄôs biological paternity.
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