Gen. 11:27-12:9, starting Abram

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  1. Helen

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    If the Tablet Hypothesis is correct, Terah closes his account having simply given the geneology from Shem to his own three sons, Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran was Lot's father and thus Lot was Abram's nephew. When Haran died, Abram took Lot into his own household. As we will find out later, Abram's wife, Sarai, is his half-sister. Keep in mind that incest was not defined or forbidden until the time of Moses, but, as you will see, it was actually preferred to marry within the family group. It was still safe because the mutation load had not built up enough in the human race to make such close marriages dangerous to the children.

    After Haran died, we read that Terah took his son Abram and Sarai and Lot and the household connected with them and they moved to Haran. The town of Haran is spelled differently than the name of Lot's father. There is no relation between them.

    We know that Abram and Sarai had been married for at least a few years by this point because it is written that Sarai was barren. Terah died in Haran.

    During this study centering on Abram/Abraham now, I would like to offer exerpts from an article Barry and I co-authored upon request several years ago. It was privately printed at the time by someone but has been requested again and should be publicly printed in Chuck Missler's newsletter sometime in the coming months. So here is the section regarding the beginning where we are in the Bible now.

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  2. Scarlett O.

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    Isn't it interesting to note how many times God took the child that was not the first born and nevertheless used him or his lineage in that annointed capacity.

    Here's some I can think of off the top of my head.

    Seth
    Abram
    Isaac
    Jacob
    Joseph
    Judah
    Levi
    David
    Solomon

    I think there is a lesson there somewhere. I just have to ponder on it a while.

    Peace, Helen and keep up the great work!

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