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'I did not imagine he'd do it. i actually did not imagine he could. i presumed he'd say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, be mindful, the land, the blessing, the kingdom, the descendants as a number of because the sands at the shore and the celebrities within the sky.'

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And God’s last words to him before he asked him to offer Isaac were in answer to his question about Ishmael, meant to reassure him that he would take good care of his firstborn too. It’s just not right. ” “He left home without saying a word,” they said. “Yes. He did. I admit it. But think about it: he was a semi-nomad already on his way to Canaan. ” “You are overanalyzing,” they said. They would not think of revising it in any significant way. 3 He protested. He implored. He pleaded. “The story could be, would be, terribly misunderstood,” he said.

They were jubilant, so proud of the final product. They sent him a copy and urged him to read it. They urged everyone to read it. He couldn’t even look at it. His friends did too. ” “I can’t,” he said. “Oh, you should. ” “I can’t bear to,” he said. ” “The sacrifice story. ” G’s friend shrugged. ” And it was: not all of it by any means, but the work the editors considered the best of it. There was—in addition to legend—genealogy, biography, and history. There were legal codes, cultic rituals and regulations, poetry, even the lyrics to some songs.

He knew that Abraham had proved himself through many trials and tribulations: he had left his home, suffered famine, nearly lost his wife to a pharaoh and his nephew to cantankerous kings. He had submitted to circumcision and sacrificed his older son, Ishmael, and Ishmael’s mother to the strong will of his wife. “And,” Jubilees wrote, “in everything through which he tested him he was found faithful. ” (Note that the Abraham of old loved Isaac and obeyed God. ) So why did God ask him to sacrifice Isaac?

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