12:2) that becomes a submotif in patriarchal accounts, re-appearing again and again (cf. f., 15:5 f., , , , f., f., 35:9 ff., ), finally taking covenantal form (Gen. The promise has two parts: nationhood and divine blessing or protection.
The precise location of the nation-to-be is not specified but was, of course, known to those hearing or reading the account.
We have noted earlier that some Abrahamic traditions coincide with information coming from Nuzi, which would place Abraham in the Middle Bronze era.
We read that Abraham, in response to a divine summons, left Mesopotamia and journeyed to Canaan with his wife, Sarah, and nephew, Lot.
The journey itself was more than a pilgrimage, for it constituted the starting point of a continuing adventure in nationhood. From Shem, through Arpachshad and Shelah came Eber, the eponymous ancestor of the Hebrews, and from his descendants through Peleg, Reu, Sereg and Nahor came Terah, the father of Abram and his brothers Nahor and Haran. 12-25 With Abraham the story of the Hebrews begins, and it is clearly stated that Hebrew origins lay outside Canaan.It becomes clear that if "Hebrews" are descendants of Eber, then others besides those of Abraham's line would be included (see Gen. The summons to leave his ancestral home and journey to Canaan is accompanied by a promise (Gen.There is no condemnation of chicanery but, rather, the attitude that to best a man in a business contract revealed cleverness. When Jacob's hopes to inherit his uncle's estate were dashed by the birth of male heirs, he broke contract and fled, and it was only when a new contract was made that relationships were healed.