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Let's lay some foundation from the start. (All scripture NIV) God and Abraham had quite the relationship. God promised Abraham a son who would become a great nation (Genesis 17:15) even when he was 100 years old and his wife was 90. Abraham believed God and God provided him a son who was named Isaac (Genesis 21:2). Isaac was the son God has promised ...


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Like my answer here, you need to keep the chronology right. There is no levitical law at the time of Abraham. Thus, even if he did marry his sister, remember that he was breaking no covenantal restriction on doing so. As I said in that answer, you don't convict someone of a crime ex post facto.


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Jesus Himself said Abraham was in heaven, in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31 NIV1984 (I have highlighted the six references to Abraham.) “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell ...


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Hebrews 11 explains that this was a test of faith: (KJV) 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he ...


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The best way to find this estimate is to take known historical dates and work backwards from there using dates and durations in the Bible. The Mesha Stele has been dated to about 840-850 BCE, and seems to pretty clearly describe the time of Omri. If we assume it was written when the events happened, not long afterwards, we can use it to work backwards. ...


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The answer is yes. As well as the Old Testament accounts of Abraham's life he is also mentioned a few times in the New Testament - namely in Romans 4, Galations 3 and Hebrews 11. It's in the first two of those that we find our answer: What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:3, NIV) ...


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You have a couple different questions, but the main one seems to be in regard to Abraham and Jesus. Abraham and Jesus Abraham is only the ancestor of Jesus in His incarnation. Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant branches of Christianity teach that God is and has always been a Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. The Son became a man and entered into His ...


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The first verse that comes to my mind is in Genesis 18:12- Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? This is the only verse I can really remember in this context, and it is probably what Peter is referring to.


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The question seems to be based on a false premise. Most of Israel is not a desert. The Institute for Creation Research has an article discussing the ideal climate that exists in Jerusalem. A few excerpts: An Ideal Combination of Sun and Rain Most people think of Israel as a desert. They have seen pictures and drawings of caravans of camels ...


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Marrying a close relative was not forbidden at that time. The old question of "Where did Cain get his wife?" is answered by saying that he married a sister of his. It was not immoral at that time, since there was no law forbidding it. Leviticus is where we find such laws, which was written over 400 years after the time of Abraham. We now understand that ...


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There is no reference to Abraham building a house of worship in the book of Genesis. The only things that it is recorded that Abraham built were four altars to YHWH. He built two different altars in chapter 12, one in chapter 13, and another in chapter 22. There is no record of Abraham ever building a dwelling (he is believed to have lived in tents), or a ...


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Abram to Abraham God had promised Abram that he would have a son and that it would be through his wife Sarai. Abram's name means "Exalted Father", which may have proven to be an embarrassment as he aged without children. This fits with God's promise, but he didn't receive that name from God but from his father. God gives him the name "Abraham", which ...


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Scripture gives this answer: Genesis 18:18-19 King James Version (KJV) 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and ...


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It does not explicitly state such, but it is possible to logically deduce it. Jesus himself said that no one had ever seen the Father (John 6:46). In addition, Jesus said, "Before Avraham was, I am" (John 8:58). Technically, however, Avraham wouldn't have seen Yeshu'a of Nazareth, the incarnate Word of God. Rather, he would have seen the pre-incarnate ...


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As the word 'celebrate' implies satisfaction or joy, I don't think we can properly say the Devil 'celebrates' in any thing that he falsely perceives as accomplishing his hate. As the Devil in enraged by cruel ambitions, he can find no real satisfaction or joy. Rather all his efforts would be understood better as an energetic and powerful 'writhing in agony.' ...


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No Having multiple wives was not a sin back then, as it is not a sin now (outside if it being illegal). History At the time of Abraham, David, Solomon, and Jesus, polygamy was part of the culture. Even in Jesus' times, polygamy was allowed and part of the customs of the Israeli people. The historian Josephus noted that Herod was allowed to have multiple ...


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Sigh... the reference manuals and official sources say it so much better than do I... So here's some quotes and links. From the Introductory Note of the Pearl of Great Price: The Book of Abraham. A translation from some Egyptian papyri that came into the hands of Joseph Smith in 1835, containing writings of the patriarch Abraham. The translation was ...


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Looking at the opening verse you've quoted "The LORD appeared...", where the proper name of God, YHWH, is used, seems to set the context as being a Christophany. That it then goes on to say Abraham "saw three men", is not discounting that - it's quite common for angelic apparitions and Christophanies to be described in human terms, since they often ...


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There were specific instructions for the king of Israel to not acquire many wives for himself, since that could have the effect of turning his heart away from the Lord. This text predates the first king of Israel, so I would say that David and Solomon should have known that this was forbidden. (Note: the Bible did not actually forbid them from polygamy, ...


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While the sacrifice of another human is obviously not part of God's plan, this was a test of faith for Abraham. Hebrews clarifies this action By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." He ...


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No, the Hebrew does not mean months. At 65 months she would have been a bit more than five years old, thus raising more questions about how men could be attracted to her than at 65 years. The Bible study aid you are quoting sums up pretty well the standard Christian approach to this passage. What happened to Sarah and Abraham was not normal, and the book ...


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The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the ...


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In the early 19th century, there was a major popular interest in egyptology which led to the raiding of egyption tombs with their contents paraded in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. It was during this time that an aquantaince of Joseph Smith purchased some papyri from such traveling exhibition and presented it to him. Joseph Smith ...


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There are several accounts in the scripture where we can find Abraham lacking in the uprightness God desires of His children. Although a man of faith as we know, there were times Abraham doubted the ability of God to provide, deliver and fulfil His promises. In Gen. 12, after God led him to the land of Cannan and famine struck, he didn't trust God for ...


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The problem here is that chronology matters. In Abraham's time, child sacrifice was common. Reprehensible, but common. As God had never delivered the terms of the covenant to Abraham, he would not have been bound by them. For lack of a better way of explaining it, Abraham shouldn't have known any better - why wouldn't sacrificing your child be okay? ...


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There's no contradiction. Keep in mind that, while God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, he had absolutely no intention of letting him go through with it. He did it in order to show that he would provide a (quite literal) scapegoat. He would provide a replacement for Isaac on the altar. This was meant as something to predict what Christ would do on the ...


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During Abraham's time the law hadn't been written against a man taking his father's daughter as his wife. After the law was written in: Deuteronomy 27:22 (NKJV) 22  ‘Cursed is the one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ it forbade such a practice even ...


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I, along with others, have done studies on the chronology of the Old Testament genealogies - which puts Abraham being born ~1950 years after Adam, and about 300 years after the flood. Given that the earth is approximately 6000 years old, that makes Abraham's birth about 2050BC.


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God's law against human sacrifice was given by Moses. Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord (Leviticus 18:21, NIV) Moloch (Molek) was a god worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, who sacrificed their children to Moloch by burning them on the fire. This law was ...


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According to http://www.weseejesus.com/bibledictionary/moriah.html The land in which was situated the mount on which Abraham was told to offer his son Isaac. Gen. 22: 2. The name of the mountain is not recorded. On the third day after leaving Beer-sheba, Abraham saw the mount afar off, and it was doubtless some lonely spot suitable for such an incident. The ...



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