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Genesis, Chapter 24

A Quiet Way The wheel of life turned, Abraham and Keturah passed out of life, as Rebekah and Isaac brought new life into the world. One night, deep in pregnancy, Rebekah had a dream. Two kings faced each other. One was large, covered in red hair and brown scars, a master of the land. The […]

Genesis, Chapter 23

Funeral Procession The servants led Abraham and Ishmael home, while they carried Sarah’s body the entire way, silent. Abraham and Isaac wept over Sarah and healed the distance between them by remembering her strength and courage in hard times. A few days passed of telling stories. Ishmael told his father: “I won’t be a further […]

Genesis, Chapter 22

The Binding Abraham had been living well as the seasons passed. He became close to the Abimelech, swearing oaths of mutual trust of God, promising to be loyal through generations. Abraham wondered what sort of generations he would leave without a true-born heir. One night he had a dream. He walked over ground black as […]

Genesis, Chapter 21

Heir Apparent While living in Gerar, Ishmael finished his weaning, and Sarah threw a great feast for him. Abraham worried. “Is he to be our son now? Have you given up hope for the vision God granted you or the sacrifices that I’ve made?!” Sarah tried to console him: “We are old. The time for […]

Genesis, Chapter 20

Lies Against a New King After the destruction of the Cities of the Plain, the wrath spread across the land creating another famine. Sarah took her household and traveled to Gerar. She knew the Abimelech, the Philistine King, there was powerful, though not as powerful as Egypt’s Pharaoh, but Sarah dared not return and test […]

Genesis, Chapter 18

Three Travelers Abraham’s madness seemed to grow quiet as the seasons passed along. Sarah grew comfortable with him again, and his love and faith overcame his bout of madness. There were signs of desperation in his desire for confirmation of being on a divine path, but nothing like his bloody ritual. Sarah sent Abraham on […]

Genesis, Chapter 17

Abram’s Sacrifice When Ishmael was born, Abram saw the Egyptian features and disgust and anger tortured his heart, thinking of the Pharaoh and their strange ways. This could not be the son he prayed for. He wailed and tore his clothing. Sarai took the child away, and returned him to Keturah to nurse and keep […]

Genesis, Chapter 16

Abram and the Royal Concubine The years passed, and Abram and Sarai still had no son. Abram kept pestering Sarai about her vision, feeling her belly, picking at her gray hairs. “When will this heir arrive?” he would ask, over and over and over. Sarai fretted, and considered ways to convince Abram to make Naomi, […]

Genesis, Chapter 15

Years passed. One night, Sarai could not sleep. She was growing older and she had no son to give up. The custom of her people forbid choosing one of her daughters to be an heir, no matter how bright or capable. She wanted to break the tradition, but only men were treated with power and […]

Genesis, Chapter 14

The First Wars Sarai roamed the fields and valleys and hills away from the cities. Lot sent messages, with increasing rarity, of his success and their prosperity. The cities grew larger, and the fields grew smaller. Lot traded his herds and household for a mansion in a city, and soon he was made mayor in […]