Background Probability

The Agnostic Popular Front has moved to its new home at Skeptic Ink, and will henceforth be known as Background Probability. Despite the relocation and rebranding, we will continue to spew the same low-fidelity high-quality bullshit that you've come to expect.

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.

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.

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