Download e-book for iPad: Abraham. The First Historical Biography by David Rosenberg

By David Rosenberg

ISBN-10: 0786733942

ISBN-13: 9780786733941

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 complete lifestyles, and consequently his legacy, is educated via the Sumerian tradition that produced him. Abraham is a superb literary excavation of the traditional cultures from which our sleek international has grown.

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Now they shut him in. They blinded them with light: the people at the door, boys as well as graybeards. They would grope for the door handle vainly. The visitors with Lot said: “Are there others of yours—a son-in-law, sons, daughters—anywhere in the city, to be gathered from this place? The offense has risen to Yahweh's ear. ” Lot hurries to speak to his sons-in-law—those his daughters prepared to marry. “Pack up now, leave this place,” Lot said. ” Now watch: the sons-in-law see only—in him—a joke on them.

These are the records of Terah: Terah had fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran had fathered Lot. Haran died in the lifetime of Terah, his father, in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nahor took wives. Abram's wife was named Sarai, and Nahor's wife was named Milcah, daughter of Haran. —— Now Sarah was barren, she had no child. Terah took his son Abraham, his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarah, the wife of his son Abraham, and they set out together from Ur of the Chaldeans for the land of Canaan; but when they had come as far as Harran, they settled there.

For God had closed the womb of everyone attached to Abimelech as in a protective dream— for Sarah, wife of Abraham. —— Now Yahweh conceived for Sarah what he had said. Sarah became pregnant and, the time ripe, gave birth: a son appearing from Sarah, for Abraham in his ripe old age. “Now who would conceive of Abraham having children at Sarah's breast? ” —— And when his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him. Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

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