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IV - COMMENTARY PART TWO: ANCESTRAL NARRATIVES – GENESIS 12–50

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GENESIS 11:27–12:9 CALL OF ABRAM

  1. (11:27) Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.

  2. (11:28) Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

  3. (11:29) Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.

  4. (11:30) Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

  5. (11:31) Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

  6. (11:32) The days of Terah were two hundred five years; and Terah died in Haran.

  7. (12:1) Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.

  8. (12:2) I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

  9. (12:3) I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

  10. […]

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