STUDY MATERIAL FOR PARSHAT LEKH-LEKHA Genesis 12:1-17:27, November 2016

Chapter 14 of the book of Genesis gives a very different picture of Abraham from how we normally picture the biblical patriarch. Here he is a chieftain of a tribe that can field a small army. He also acts as a strategist and diplomat, launching a night attack and negotiating with kings. This chapter contains the first biblical account of warfare and the first use of the term “Hebrew.” Many modern biblical scholars think this chapter is from a completely different source (possibly originally non-Israelite) from the rest of Genesis. The material looks at this issue and also what we can learn from this unusual portrait of Abraham.