Life of Abraham

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LIFE OF ABRAHAM

Clyde Curry

Grand Canyon University

BIB351

July 4, 2010

Instructor: Dr. Vernon Meyer

Life of Abraham
This essay will highlight the significant events in the life of Abraham. Some scholars believed that Abraham probably lived sometime around 1800 – 1750 B.C., and that these events are recorded in the Book of Genesis. God’s call of Abraham adds a ray of hope in the midst of the confusion and alienation of humankind as found in Genesis 11:1-9 (The tower of Babel narrative). “The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:1-3, NIV). Abraham, along with his nephew Lot, their families and their servants leave their homeland of Haran and set out to a new land, a “promised” land called Canaan. The next significant event in Abraham’s life is that of his experiences in Egypt. When Abraham reaches Egypt his faith in God’s promises is tested and he fails miserably. Once there, he again abandons God’s promises in order to save his own skin by allowing his wife (then called Sarai) to be identified as his sister (Genesis 12:11-13). The promise that Abraham and Sarah will give birth to a nation is also put in jeopardy when Sarah almost becomes one of the Pharaoh’s wives as a result of Abraham’s lack of faith (Genesis 12:14-20). The next sequences of significant events in the life of Abraham are as follows: Abraham and Lot part ways (Genesis 13:1-18). Abraham wars with the Kings of the East to free Lot (Genesis 14:1-24). God makes a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15:1-21). Then there is the issue of Hagar and Ishmael; Abraham and Sarah’s attempt at assisting...
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