The account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah may also rest in some memory of a shift in the earth's crust that destroyed the cities of the plain.
Tradition associates Abraham with Hebron, and if Jebel er-Rumeide is the site of this ancient city, it is evident that a powerful city was located here in the Middle Bronze period. The episode involving Sarah and King Abimelech (a doublet of Gen.
Shortly after the Hebrews departed, Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued them.
At the Sea of Reeds, Yahweh permitted the Hebrews to pass through the waters unscathed but overwhelmed the Egyptians.
The promise of blessing signified the unique and particularistic bond between Yahweh and his followers, so that the enemies of Abraham or the nation were enemies of Yahweh, and those befriending Abraham and/or the nation would be blessed.
With this assurance, Abraham journeyed to Canaan, Egypt, the Negeb, Hebron, Gezer, Beer-sheba and back to Hebron where he and his wife Sarah died.
There is no condemnation of chicanery but, rather, the attitude that to best a man in a business contract revealed cleverness.
It may also be interpreted as an historic link with the cultures of the upper Euphrates.
The account of Jacob's night wrestling with an angelic visitor has probably come down to us through various recensions, for it now contains two aetiological explanations: one concerning the name "Jacob-Israel" and the other giving the reason why the ischiatic sinew is not eaten by Hebrews.
Other traditions associate Jacob with Bethel and Shechem. 142 f.; Murray Newman, The People of the Covenant (New York: Abingdon Press, 1962), pp.
In Hurrian law, birthright could be purchased, and some of the terminology associated with Isaac's blessing of his sons reflects Hurrian patterns.
In dealing with his uncle Laban, Jacob's trickery was matched by his uncle's deceptive acts.