I admit it: I’m stuck on Genesis 24. It’s such a beautiful, complex chapter. In sixty-seven verses, it say so much and has so may allusions to other stories that I struggle to capture it all. This is the story of Abraham’s servant’s search for a wife for Isaac, a job that both seems incredibly important (his family will inherit Israel) and also unimportant. After all, neither Abraham nor Isaac could be bothered to do the mate-searching for themselves. Between that and fact-checking my Torah family tree, I’m just behind!
As I finish writing some actual content, here’s a blog that has some: Pondering Scripture by Justin Honse. The author is slowly working his way through the bible, but is still in Genesis after several years of writing. That sounds very familiar…
Two that I liked about Genesis 24:
- Genesis 24:10 – Camels, and Other Good Things – I didn’t realize that camels weren’t domesticated in biblical times.
- Genesis 24:61 – Rebekah Has… Maids? – An interesting look at the story. Rebekah drew the water from the well for herself, and yet she seems to have more than enough servants.
Check out Justin’s blog.
Up next: Nahor, brother of Abraham