Sunday, September 13, 2009

8: Inheritance

Genesis 25-26
Abraham takes another wife after Sarah's death, has children with her, and apparently with several of his concubines. Abraham writes all these other children out of the will, though, and sends them away to the east. Abraham lives to the ridiculous age of 175 and dies, and is buried with Sarah.

Ishmael randomly gets brought up again and his descendants are listed. He lives to 137 years old.

Isaac's wife has twins; Isaac loves one, and Rebekah (his wife) loves the other. Wonderful parents. There is a dispute about the birthright (meaning inheritance I suppose) and the older twin sells it (the birthright) to the younger twin.

There is a famine in the land and who does Isaac flee to but Abimelech. Isaac must have learned his scamming lessons from his father because as soon as he goes into the city he says "She [Rebekah] is my sister". Abimelech is fooled again, but at least he doesn't take her as one of his wives. He says "What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us." Yeah, he knows all about that. Abimelech tells all of his men to stay away from Rebekah. Isaac plants crops and makes big bucks. At least he doesn't take Abimelech's stuff this time, maybe Isaac isn't going to be a jerk after all. Abimelech tells Isaac he is becoming to powerful and that he should move away. Isaac moves and awhile later Abimelech comes to make a treaty with him. He probably doesn't want to incur God's wrath.
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