, impressed by Isaac's success as a farmer and shepherd, eventually seeks out his friendship in a covenant, and Isaac uses the opportunity to negotiate a treaty on his own terms (Gen.
Here I am thinking of Abraham's pusillanimous concealment from the pharaoh and Abimelech
of the fact that Sarah was his wife (Gen 12:11 ff and 20:2ff), of Isaac's favoritism towards Esau (Gen 25:28), and of Jacob's favoritism towards Joseph (Gen 37:3).
Judges exposes this insufficiency as it poses point blank that significance; for, as Frolov rightly argues, certainly its concluding chapters (so, Judges 17:6, 18:1, 19:1, 21:25), likely the earlier narratives of Gideon and Abimelech
, and perhaps even the notices of the minor judges (p.
41) This evil spirit appears to have functioned as a mechanism which drove a wedge between David and Saul in a similar way that an evil spirit (ruah raa) placed the men of Shechem against Abimelech
While Judaism includes some of Abraham's more dubious character traits--such as, when seeking to protect himself, he pretends to the Pharaoh and to King Abimelech
that Sarai is his sister rather than his wife (Genesis 12 and 20)--Islam idealizes Abraham as a model for the Prophet Muhammed, with both representing what it means to be a perfect Muslim.
to Abraham) to the seer lacking a response, nothing uttered, no action taken, neither rejecting, accepting nor including, Leviathan sea monster for this world without end, with no dew, no breeze, no spring; metaphor's infirmity, void of magic charms Celan, why when the swallows still supplied us with souls for our prayers for the dead did you go gentle, gentle into that good night?
In Genesis 20:6, Abimelech
speaks of the integrity of my heart to convey he acted in good faith when taking Sarah into his household.
7), reprises his cowardice before Pharaoh while managing to commit still greater offense as he gives up his wife, now pregnant, to ingratiate himself with Abimelech
Genesis 20 (recounting the steps taken by Abimelech
, King of Gerar, to allay his troubled conscience when he found himself in danger of violating the moral law by inadvertently taking another man's wife).
He covers looking at Judges 9 through multiple sight lines, approaches to Abimelech
, narrative analysis, reading the rhetoric, and the social worlds of Judges 9.
and, as Holmgren points out, King Abimelech
in Genesis 20.
Abraham is ready to give up his wife to Abimelech
, saying she is his sister, lest he be killed by the leader of another people.