Within the Bible’s Book of Genesis are traces of an ancient structure. There are ten sections, unnoticed by most, each beginning with the Hebrew phrase אלה תולדת / Eleh Toledoth, typically translated as “these are the generations.” One of these sections runs from Genesis 11:27 through Genesis 25:11. This section is called, according to its heading, Eleh Toledoth Terach and it tells the story of Terach’s son Avram/Avraham. Following the Annual cycle of Pentateuch Readings, this is the first of a three-part series on the Life of Abraham.

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