Genesis

Abraham signs a treaty with Abimelech (Genesis 21:22 – 21:34)

Abimelek (also spelled Abimelech) and his military commander Phicol (who acted as a witness to the events that unfolded) approached Abraham and asked that he swear to an oath, or truce of sorts, promising that they will deal faithfully with each other. Abraham agreed with Abimelek but mentioned his dissatisfaction…
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The Birth of Isaac and Hagar sent away (Genesis 21:1 – 21:21)

Abraham’s wife, Sarah, felt that at her advanced age, she could have no children so as was tradition for the time, she gave her handmaid, Hagar, to Abraham to conceive a son. Ultimately, Abraham and Hagar had a son that they named Ishmael. Unexpectedly, but as promised, God gave Abraham,…
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Abraham tells king Abimelech that Sarah is his sister (Genesis 20:1 – 20:18)

Abraham moved his family, likely in search of better pastures for his herds, to Negev (located between Kadesh and Shur). From Negev he moved to Gerar where he lived for quite some time. Once again, Abraham and Sarah (his wife) told everyone that Sarah was his sister (see here for…
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Lot’s incestuous relationship with his daughters (Genesis 19:30 – 19:38)

Lot’s daughters conspire to sleep with him Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot was allowed to take his two daughters to the nearby city of Zoar. The Bible does not specify why Lot was afraid to live in Zoar but rather than live in the city, Lot fled to…
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Hagar and the birth of Ishmael – Hagar flees Abraham’s home and is instructed to return (Genesis 16:1 – 16:16)

Hagar and Ishmael Sarai, Abraham’s wife, had not yet had a son as God had promised.  Sarai was getting old and feeling anxious that she may never have a child.  Sarai had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar.  Abraham and Sarai obtained Hagar during their travels to Egypt.  Sarai suggested to…
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God’s makes a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15:1 – 15:21)

The story of God's covenant with Abram After Abraham returned from Egypt a rich man, God spoke to Abraham in a vision.  God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid, I am your shield and your very great reward” meaning, “don’t fret, I will bless you and protect you.” Referring to…
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