Abraham is 75 years old
Abraham’s age is given in the text at critical points of Abraham’s life:
Terah’s family lineage:
is in a pass between
Abram stopped at “the terebinth of Moreh” or “the oak of the teacher”
This same location is visited again:
A terebinth is mentioned along with a place also in 13:18, 14:13, 18:1; 35:8
like the God of glory appeared (Acts 7) to Abram in
The promise of the land to Abraham’s seed indicates a future day.
Abram builds his first recorded altar. Others are built at
Building an altar is done when a man is calling on the name of God or praying.
moves from Shechem to
Another altar is built.
Contrast: Tents pitched temporarily, Altar built permanent
Abram was a foreigner and a stranger in the land his whole life.
“Call upon the name of Yahweh” is a technical phrase for worship.
Abram did not live in the Canaanite cities but lived between them.
moves south to the Negev, the desert area south of
There was a devastating famine
Abram had been living among the Canaanites, now Abram moves to live among the Egyptians
documents confess the same type of movement of people from Canaan and
Sara is in mid-life at the age of 65 since she dies at 127 in Gen. 23:1.
She is extremely attractive
someone wanted to marry Sara they would have come to her brother Abram for
permission and to make a legal transaction that would have included a dowry and
favorable treatment of Sara’s brother.
Abram’s plan involved negotiating and stalling until the famine was over
and they returned to
is threatened in Canaan with a famine but he can leave for
Abram wanted to be treated “well” and he was treated “well”
When Pharaoh says, “I took her for my wife” (in 12:19) this may have included physical adultery.
Abram may have been trying to preserve God’s promise by staying alive.
Sara and Yahweh have been silent so far, but Abram has been scheming, speaking and acting.
Now Yahweh acts.
foretaste of the Exodus: Famine, Go to
Pagan Egyptian king knows adultery is immoral
Why not kill Abram for lying? Pharaoh experiences the power behind Abram when he took his wife. What would Abram’s deity do to Pharaoh if he killed Abram?
Men where put in charge to protect Abram and he was sent away
“sent forth” is the same word used in 3:23 of Adam and Eve
being sent from the garden and in Ex. 6:1; 11:1 for Hebrews being sent from