My favorite verses so far are to be found in 24:57-58 in which a Rebekah is consulted before being married off to a stranger. Good for her.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Genesis 23-24: Sarah passes, Abraham haggles, Isaac marries
Sarah dies, and instead of hearing her life regaled in epic poetry, we are treated to a lengthy account of real estate transaction for the "cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre" where she is buried. Abraham makes his chief steward swear that he "shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites" and this he faithfully does, by means of a most curious method involving thirsty camels.