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Commentary on Genesis

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24.1–67 : Finding a wife for Isaac

among kinfolk in Haran.

2 :

Putting the hand under the thigh, an old form of oath taking ( 47.29 ), reflected the view that reproductive organs were sacred.

3 :

The text describes a concern in Abraham about intermarriage with Canaanites that is otherwise seen primarily in late materials from Deuteronomy (e.g., Deut 7.3–4 ) and texts influenced by Deuteronomy.

10 :

Aram‐naharaim, the upper Euphrates region of northern Syria.

12 :

Steadfast love, NRSV's translation of a Heb term (“hIesed”) that signifies the loyalty arising from a relationship (e.g., friendship; see 1 Sam 20.8 ). Applied to God, it means benevolent action, loyalty manifest in deeds.

15 :

See 22.20–23 .

22 :

A shekel weighed about 11.5 gr (.4 oz).

62 :

Beer‐lahai‐roi, see 16.14; 25.11 .

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