Posted by: pandoramoon | 04/08/2009

Observations Of The Bible: Genesis 10-12

15 May 2009
Genesis 10-12

Genesis 11:4-7
4 They now said: “Come on! Let us build ourselves a city and also a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a celebrated name for ourselves, for fear we may be scattered over all the surface of the earth.”
5 And Jehovah proceeded to go down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. 6 After that Jehovah said: “Look! They are one people and there is one language for them all, and this is what they start to do. Why, now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be unattainable for them. 7 Come now! Let us go down and there confuse their language that they may not listen to one another’s language

Um I wonder why Jehovah didn’t like them building that tower? I’m getting the sense that he feels threatened by it for some reason?

Genesis 12:11-19
11 And it came about that as soon as he got near to entering Egypt, then he said to Sar´ai his wife: “Please, now! I well know you are a woman beautiful in appearance. 12 So it is bound to happen that the Egyptians will see you and will say, ‘This is his wife.’ And they will certainly kill me, but you they will preserve alive. 13 Please say you are my sister, in order that it may go well with me on your account, and my soul will be certain to live due to you.”
14 So it happened that, as soon as A´bram entered Egypt, the Egyptians got to see the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 And the princes of Phar´aoh also got to see her and they began praising her to Phar´aoh, so that the woman was taken to the house of Phar´aoh. 16 And he treated A´bram well on her account, and he came to have sheep and cattle and asses and menservants and maidservants and she-asses and camels. 17 Then Jehovah touched Phar´aoh and his household with great plagues because of Sar´ai, A´bram’s wife. 18 With that Phar´aoh called A´bram and said: “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I was about to take her as my wife? And now here is your wife. Take her and go!”

I can understand Abram not wanting to get killed but surely Sarai would have been more likely to get hurt if she did lie and say she was Abram’s sister?. And what was the point of Jehovah cursing the Pharaoh with plagues over it? I thought the plagues came later?

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