The Chapter of the Bible in Which Four Nations Are Born

Lekh l’kha narrates the birth of the Arabs, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and, of course, the Jewish people.

From Hagar and the Angel in the Desert by James Tissot. Jewish Museum.

From Hagar and the Angel in the Desert by James Tissot. Jewish Museum.

Observation
Oct. 26 2017
About the author

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


If the first chapters of Genesis explore the universal origins of humanity, this week’s Torah reading of Lekh l’kha (Genesis 12-17) turns to a more particularistic narrative. Beginning with God’s command to Abraham to uproot himself from his father’s home and travel to an unknown land, it caps the command with a divine promise:

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