By David Rosenberg
The world’s 3 biggest faiths all discover a universal root in a single guy: Abraham. Breaking new flooring, David Rosenberg portrays Abraham as a guy whose entire lifestyles, and for that reason his legacy, is proficient through the Sumerian tradition that produced him. Abraham is a superb literary excavation of the traditional cultures from which our sleek global has grown.
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Bethuel fathered Rebecca—but these eight were mothered by Milcah for Nachor, Abraham's brother. His second wife also gave birth: Reumah mothered Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah. —— Now Abraham was very old, his better days—thoroughly blessed by Yahweh—behind him. “Please put your hand under my thigh,” said Abraham to the senior servant, head of all under his roof. “Swear for me, by Yahweh, God of sky and earth, that you will choose no wife for my son from Canaanite daughters, though I'm settled among them.
Yahweh, God in the skies, who took me out of my father's house, my homeland, who spoke to me, giving his word—‘I will give this land to your seed’—will place his angel by your side, until you choose a wife from there, for my son. * By the year 5 of the kingship of Hammurapi, more than a millennium had passed since the art of writing, invented in Sumer, inspired huge archives of clay tablets and the construction of libraries to house them. Now, as the transfer of archives from the ancient, defeated Sumerian capital of Ur to the new, southern Mesopotamian center of Babylon was being completed, a man of Ur conceived a plan to set out in the opposite direction, beyond his civilization's borders.
So within her, Sarah's sides split: “Now that I'm used to groaning, I'm to groan with pleasure? ’ Is a thing too surprising for Yahweh? ” Sarah hid her feeling: “No, I wasn’t laughing”—she had been scared. ” —— The figures rose, starting down toward Sodom; from there they could see its upturned face. Abraham walks with them, showing the way. “Do I hide from Abraham,” said Yahweh within, “what I will do? Abraham will emerge a great nation, populous, until all nations of the earth see themselves blessed in him.