By Charlotte Gordon
Explores the biblical tale of Abraham and his better halves opposed to a backdrop of occasions that marked the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and considers how their tale bargains perception into ongoing conflicts among the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worlds. 1 Beginnings three -- 2 Lekh Lekha thirteen -- three Hebrews 21 -- four Sacrifices 32 -- five attractive lady forty-one -- 6 Rape within the Palace fifty one -- 7 struggle sixty three -- eight Dinner with Jesus 70 -- nine Silences seventy five -- 10 Trembling prior to God eighty two -- eleven Covenant of the components ninety -- 12 Sarai's Proposition ninety eight -- thirteen Do along with her as you'll one zero five -- 14 Hagar and the wasteland one hundred fifteen -- 15 The good 122 -- sixteen A moment Concubine one hundred thirty -- 17 Naming God 138 -- 18 Ishmael a hundred and forty four -- 19 El Shaddai 151 -- 20 Sarah and God 159 -- 21 God the daddy 168 -- 22 Circumcision 177 -- 23 the controversy 189 -- 24 Gerar and a Cave 201 -- 25 Incest 214 -- 26 Laughter 220 -- 27 Exile 231 -- 28 Mount Moriah 242 -- 29 The liked Son 256 -- 30 The demise of Sarah 266 -- 31 Burial and venture 277 -- 32 Coming domestic 291 -- 33 Hinneni 299
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10 Unfortunately, the richness of these temple excavations does not make up for the lack of written sources on Canaanite religion. We do know the Canaanites believed their god, El, a warrior god usually depicted bearing a spear, was the ultimate authority on earth. 11 She was regarded as the “creator of creatures” and the mother of the gods. in38 38 5/7/09 9:20:40 PM Sacrifice s sacrifice.
They had to stop to eat and drink every few hours, and so it was impossible to travel great distances without frequent pauses. 11 Instead, like many of the people they encountered on the road, Abram’s group was on its way to becoming semi-nomadic. 12 In this sense, the conclusion of their journey did not matter as much as it would to us today, since once they got to the promised land, they would still continue to roam, pause, and roam again. As they picked their way further south, God remained silent.
Indeed, this famous pilgrimage out of Mesopotamia seems to have been one of harmonious unity, at least at first. Such unanimity is rare in Scripture, as is equanimity and compliance. For example, in Exodus, the second book of the Bible, after Moses led the Israelites out of slavery, the Israelites lamented their fate with each step they took toward freedom. There was not enough food. There was no water. They were sick of the manna God had provided. Some even wanted to go back to Egypt even though it meant returning to slavery (Ex.