In this class, we cover material primarily from parashah reading Va-Yera (Genesis 18-22). The life of Abraham lasted 175 years and is covered in fourteen chapters of the Book of Genesis and yet five chapters (17-21) record events that took place in a single appointed year. A close look at the texts reveals that the compiler of the book made use of various ancient sources. In this teaching, we examine the clues to discover that several of the stories we know well are at times represented within the book in more than one version – versions that provide different details.

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