God did promise the land of Canaan to Abraham. For example God says to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 17:8:
The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will
give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after
you; and I will be their God.
However, a few verses earlier, God said that Abraham would be "the father of ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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)
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 ...
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, ...
The obvious answer to the question is yes, the first Temple was built on Mount Moriah. II Chronicles 3:1 says as much:
Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (ESV)
and there is no ...
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 ...
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 ...
The account in Genesis seems pretty clear that the cave of Abraham is in Hebron. Modern commentators seem to agree that Stephen was "telescoping" multiple Genesis accounts of patriarchal burials into one shorter narrative. I. Howard Marshall's commentary says, for example:
The relation of the story of the burial to the Old Testament
traditions is ...
Noah lived 350 years after the Flood (Gen 9:28).
Arphaxad was born 2 years after the Flood (Gen 11:10)
Salah was born 2 + 35 after Flood (verse 12)
Eber was born 2 + 35 + 30 after Flood (v14)
Peleg 2 + 35 + 30 + 34 (v16)
Reu 2 + 35 + 30 + 34 + 30 (v18)
Serug etc, etc (v20)
Abraham was born 2 + 35 + 30 + 34 + 30 + 32 + 30 + 29 +...
As usual, my answer is long-winded, but it is, I hope, worth reading nevertheless. In answering many such questions, we need to take the long view, so to speak, and treat an important issue such as this one in the context of the entire canon of Scripture, which we today--unlike the saints of old--have the privilege of possessing in its fullness.
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
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 ...
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 ...
Perhaps, some may agree with this (theophany). However, another way of looking at this passage in Hebrews is that the author is discussing an order or priestly appointment (precedent) without lineal descent. Just as Melchizedek had no known lineage (some Jewish commentators have written about traditions that Shem, Noah's son is Melchizedek, though this is ...
Moriah is specifically named in the Isaac narrative and the temple narrative. Mount Moriah itself is said to be the location of the temple:
Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
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.' ...
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 ...
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 ...
As you can see; from this Patriarch lineage depiction taken from the book of Genesis, Abraham was indeed the father of many Nations.
There are some Things worthy of notice which many are not aware of:
Abram had a second wife named Keturah and had six sons by her, and possibly daughters.
Rebecca was Isaac's cousin.
Basemath/Mahalth was Esau's cousin.
The idea that Epiphanius claimed the people of India were descendant from Abraham and Keturah appears to be derived from a conflation of two passages.
In De Fide, 12.5 he writes:
But again, I omit the names of many other mysteries, heresiarches and fomenters of schism whose leaders are called Magusaeans by the Persias but prophets by the Egyptians, and ...
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 ...
Having multiple wives was not a sin back then, as it is not a sin now (outside if it being illegal).
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 ...
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
There are a number of views on these brothers and the specific meaning of this passage. We'll try to focus on just the brothers and not the passage, which has a long standing debate around whether it is even a parable or an actual account.
First, we shouldn't be focused on there being five brothers. There are six. The man in torment has five brothers, ...