[b-hebrew] Genesis 20: 1

Tory Thorpe torythrp at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 16 18:54:47 EDT 2007

Assuming the the Book of Genesis we have, and the shape we have it  
in, was available in pre-monarchical times, a reader would naturally  
associate the Qadesh of Gen. 20:1 with the place he or she read about  
earlier in Gen. 14:7. He or she also learned of a Shur (toward Egypt)  
from Gen. 16:7. So by the time Gen. 20:1 was reached, the two place- 
names you wish to associate with Lebanon have already been mentioned  
and they have no connection whatsoever with Lebanon in those passages  
that mention them. Thus to argue that Lebanon would jump into the  
mind at Gen. 20:1 begs belief. It does not matter that Moses' Qadesh  
and Shur have not been positively identified. I'm not sure why feel  
you should keep reminding us. The biblical data still requires that  
we look for a Qadesh in south Israel near Edom's border and a Shur  
near Egypt's border, even if we never locate them. This is why your  
theory, in my opinion, absolutely unbelievable. I also see no reason  
to agree with the strawman you've set up: Gerar is not stated as  
being situated in the desert, it is simply the next place the  
biblical author wants us to know Abraham sojourned after his stay in  
the south country.

"And Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the south, and  
he dwelt between Qadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar" (Gen.  
20:1, translation mine).

Tory Thorpe

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