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The story of Abraham is contained in the Book of Genesis, to . Thare took Abram and his wife, Sarai, and Lot, the son of Aran, who was dead, and leaving Ur of the Chaldees, came to Haran and dwelt there till he died.We shall first give a brief outline of the Patriarch's life, as told in that portion of Genesis, then we shall in succession discuss the subject of Abraham from the viewpoints of the Old Testament , New Testament, profane history, and legend. Then, at the call of God, Abram, with his wife, Sarai, and Lot, and the rest of his belongings, went into the Land of Chanaan, amongst other places to Sichem and Bethel, where he built altars to the Lord: A famine breaking out in Chanaan, Abram journeyed southward to Egypt, and when he had entered the land, fearing that he would be killed on account of his wife, Sarai, he bade her say she was his sister.
God promises Abram that his seed shall be as the stars of heaven, and he shall possess the land of Chanaan.
But Abram does not see how this is to be, for he has already grown old.
It was after this that the great trial of the faith of Abraham takes place. When Abraham has his arm raised and is in the very act of striking, an angel from heaven stays his hand and makes the most wonderful promises to him of the greatness of his posterity because of his complete trust in God.
Sarah dies at the age of 127, and Abraham, having purchased from Ephron the Hethite the cave in Machpelah near Mambre, buries her there.
It is doubtful if the usual meaning attached to that word "lofty father", is correct.
The meaning given to Abraham in Genesis 17:5 is popular word play, and the real meaning is unknown.
Then Agar would have allowed Ismael to perish in the wilderness, had not an angel encouraged her by telling her of the boy's future.
Abraham is next related to have had a dispute with Abimelech over a well at Bersabee, which ends in a covenant being made between them.
The report of Sarai's beauty was brought to the Pharao, and he took her into his harem, and honoured Abram on account of her.