This is the third of three classes on the life of Abraham drawing from the material, assembled in an ancient work called, Eleh Toledoth Terach. This teaching focuses on the stories contained in Parashah Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah – Genesis 23:1-25:18). By the close of this week’s section, the deaths of Sarah, Abraham, and Ishmael are reported. The class takes a close look at the main stories contained in Chayei Sarah (the death of Sarah, Abraham’s purchase of land from the “Hittites,” and acquiring a woman for Isaac). Are there indications in the text that the Akedah (the binding of Isaac) caused a strained relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac? Who are the Hittites? Why does the Pentateuch report Abraham’s death out of chronological order?

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