God makes several promises to Abraham in Genesis 12-17; these also involve Sarah, extending further to the world. The opening promise in Genesis 12:1-3 involves leaving the familiarity of home and traveling to an unknown land to be shown later. That must have taken courage!
Beersheba -- Where Abraham Swore an Oath: Near Israel's Fraught Border with Gaza on the Looney Front, Part 3
Today, Beersheba is a modern university town of some 200,000 people, at 25 miles from the Gaza strip further than either Sderot or Netivot, though still within range of incoming grad rockets that have at times pummelled the city.
There are many Christians, especially fundamentalists, who remain convinced that the Book of Genesis establishes life-long monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the sole biblically-approved form of marital union. This is a viewpoint shared by popular writers and even some academics.
The fasting of Yom Kippur and the rejoicing of Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram are two sides of a common legacy. Faced with ongoing violence, the self-examination of Jews on Yom Kippur and the happiness of Muslims at Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram stand in repudiation of bitterness, prejudice, and incitement.
The Torah portions for this holiday tell the distinct tales of Abraham's two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. The texts themselves are simultaneously tragic and heroic. They raise hard-hitting ethical questions and uncomfortable dilemmas. In other words, they are real.
Lucas, whom authorities allege attempted to commit suicide, was released from the hospital on Tuesday. Authorities charged
Moments away from the unthinkable, all appears lost. A painful sacrifice inevitable. Then, just in the nick of time a reprieve. A voice from the heavens. And just like that Abraham is told that he will not have to go through with the slaying of his son Isaac whom he has bound on an altar.
Tune in for a novel explanation of a deeply troubling scene in Genesis chapter 21 involving Abraham's second wife, Hagar and her son, Yishmael.
I think about his question for a second and reply, "Well, maybe it was so you and I could actually speak instead of waving at each other." To which Isaac says: "They tell us that everything is part of G-d's plan. A leaf blowing off a tree may land on top of a bug and give it protection and longer life."
Hungry residents have been snaking around the block and are are greeted with the sign: “For free food, we have that,” once
Some of the papers got delivered late, publisher Ricky Mathews said in a phone call Thursday afternoon, and the paper didn't
You can donate airline miles. Why give away your precious miles? As expected, Hurricane Isaac is now wreaking havoc in Louisiana
LOOK: Night Image Of Tropical Storm Isaac From Space Hurricane Isaac, downgraded to Tropical Storm Isaac this afternoon, continues
Isaac is not Katrina: we've been repeating that like a mantra all week. That it'll hit on the same calendar date seven years later is just a stupid coincidence.
Click here for more on Hurricane Isaac. Over the weekend, Isaac -- then still a tropical storm -- was responsible for at
"I will not be speaking or attending the Republican convention in Florida," Jindal said. "There is no time for politics here