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By James Goodman

'I did not imagine he'd do it. i actually did not imagine he could. i assumed he'd say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, take into account, the land, the blessing, the kingdom, the descendants as quite a few because the sands at the shore and the celebrities within the sky.'

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If someone now knows something about Abraham that he didn’t know before, it is Gabriel and Mastema and the other angels. ” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and, behold, he saw a single ram caught by his horns, and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son. Then, just to make sure that there was no misunderstanding about what God knew and when he knew it, Jubilees altered God’s blessing: “All the nations of the earth will be blessed through your descendants because of the fact that you have obeyed my command.

He knew that people could disagree about that. They did then. They still do today. ” “I mean I got Abraham wrong. I got Abraham wrong as a character, inside the story. Even if God had wanted him to saddle his donkey, and call for his servants and Isaac, and split the wood, all without saying a word, it was not like Abraham not to say a word. ” they said. ” “Yes,” he said. “His first words to God were a question. His last were a question. And God’s last words to him before he asked him to offer Isaac were in answer to his question about Ishmael, meant to reassure him that he would take good care of his firstborn too.

The editors wanted something, somewhere, a scene or series of scenes, a story within a story, to connect the story’s past and the story’s future. Without that scene, without some sort of climax, they feared that readers might feel as if the story didn’t end, but just faded away. They knew where they wanted to go. but not how to get there, and that’s when they came to G. He jumped at the opportunity. What writer wouldn’t have? It’s a great story, a gripping family saga that took on, in the most unabashed way, some of the great issues of its day, of any day—migration and dislocation; family, sex, and marriage; sibling rivalry and inheritance; might, inequality, and right; crime and punishment; war and diplomacy; honesty and duplicity; jealousy, love, fear, death, doubt, and belief—all complicated by the comings and goings, the commands and the promises, the blessings and curses of an unfamiliar and mysterious God.

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