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Genesis 25: How to Win at Sibling Rivalry

With his son Isaac married off, the old widower Abraham figured he might as well get around to getting himself married again.  This was easy to do, since Abraham had a lot of property and was very old, which is a combination that a certain kind of woman finds very appealing.  Keturah was one such woman.  She and Abraham had six kids together.  They lived to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren be born.  Well, we know Abraham did.  After the mention of her bearing six children, Keturah disappears from the narrative, and there’s no telling what happened to her.  Abraham himself lived to be 175.  Odds are Abraham treated his second wife well, in light of the fact that he had been decent enough to set up the sons of his concubines with nice little nest eggs and sent them off to the east to get their lives going.  Anything Abraham had that didn’t go to his concubines’ sons (and, possibly, his widow,) was left to Isaac.
As Abraham died, his family gathered around him.  All livin…

Genesis 24: Isaac Marries His Cousin

Abraham was now a widower in his 120s and very much feeling his age.He was obviously pretty thin-skinned for feeling so old, since others like Noah and Adam lived well past age 800.Abraham was still pretty young, by Genesis standards.Still, it was time to start planning for what came next.What came next, of course, was his son Isaac’s future bride, whoever she might be.Since Abraham was so concerned, he took the reasonable course of action and talked to his household’s chief servant about this.
“Place your hand under my thigh,” Abraham told the servant.
“Er… beg pardon, sir?”
“Place your hand under my thigh.”
“Sir, I don’t suppose I need to tell you that this is not an orthodox demand to make of one’s own butler.I may be your servant, but I am still an individual with rights and dignity, and…”
“Enough!” interrupted Abraham.“This is so you can swear something to God.”
“Oh,” said the servant, “that’s different,” and he placed his hand where his boss told him to, no matter how squeamish…

Genesis 23: Abraham suffers his wife's death and the Hittites' puns

Genesis 22: Abraham gets ready to kill his son Isaac