Genesis20

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Now Abraham went on another road trip to the Sinai, and when he got there he did that "Sarah is my sister" thing again. And instead of Pharaoh, this time it was Abimelech king of Gerar who took Sarah into his household. But soon after he did, God appeared to him in a dream and said, "Dude, you're a dead man walking. Sarah is another man's wife."

And King Abimelech said, "Whoa, Lord, I never touched her, and anyway that old guy said he was just his sister, and she even went along with it and said, yeah, that's it, he's my brother. I'm innocent I tell you! Besides, she's a hundred years old if she's a day!"

And God said unto him, "Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, he just likes to play this 'wife-sister' practical joke every twenty years or so."

When Abilemech took Sarah back to Abraham he had some hard questions, but Abraham defended himself by saying that she was, after all, his half-sister, the daughter of his father, but not the daughter of his mother. So like Ben Kenobi, he did tell the truth after all, from a certain point of view.

Incest. Later in Leviticus 18:9 God puts the kibosh on that practice.

Of all the passages in Genesis up to this point, this chapter, from the Elohist (E) source, strikes me as the one that should have been put on the chopping block when Ezra the Redactor (R) compiled all of the documents into the Torah, and not because Abraham looks like he's too stupid to have learned from his close call in Egypt, and not because Abraham has to admit to a sexual practice that is condemned later by the Law of Moses. It's because about nine months after sleeping in the house of King Abilemech, Sarah gives birth to Isaac.

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