22:9-10), though it may be a generic royal title like Pharaoh and Avimelech
Once Sarah and Rebecca are taken to the palace of the king, Avimelech
, who desires them for their beauty, but special divine intervention prevents him from sinning.
Bin Israel, and a college student from Detroit honoring her father who was one of the original march participants.
At least one commentator suggests that the Akedah was a punishment for the peace treaty that Abraham signed with the Philistine king, Avimelech
, just before the Akedah, in which Abraham granted him sovereignty over land that God had promised to Abraham.
In the Biblical stories, Abraham and the Philistine king Avimelech
concluded a peace pact after some conflict over rights to wells of water in the Negev desert (Genesis 23).
Isaac, distrustful of Avimelech
and feeling grievously wronged by him, nonetheless rose to the occasion to ensure their peaceful coexistence.
Abraham travels to Egypt, where seemingly he betrays his wife, first in his encounter with Pharaoh, and later with the Philistine king Avimelech, of Gerar.
Isaac (like his father) appears to betray his wife by exposing her to the danger of being raped by Avimelech, and is cheated out of his water rights by the Philistines.
For example, when they headed to Egypt (Genesis 12:1113) and again when facing King Avimelech
in G'rar for the first time (Gen.
The consequences of this white lie are strangely parallel to the white lie told in Genesis by Abraham to King Avimelech
-- who tells his purported but innocent antagonist that his wife is his sister.