19 Facts About Abram


Abram's life, told in the narrative of the Book of Genesis, revolves around the themes of posterity and land.

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Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran with his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and the substance and souls that they had acquired, and traveled to Shechem in Canaan.

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The conflicts between herdsmen had become so troublesome that Abram suggested that Lot choose a separate area, either on the left hand or on the right hand, that there be no conflict amongst brethren.

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Abram went south to Hebron and settled in the plain of Mamre, where he built another altar to worship God.

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Once Abram received this news, he immediately assembled 318 trained servants.

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Abram's force headed north in pursuit of the Elamite army, who were already worn down from the Battle of Siddim.

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Not only were they able to free the captives, Abram's unit chased and slaughtered the Elamite King Chedorlaomer at Hobah, just north of Damascus.

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The king of Sodom then offered to let Abram keep all the possessions if he would merely return his people.

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Abram refused any deal from the king of Sodom, other than the share to which his allies were entitled.

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Abram's then did as she was instructed by returning to her mistress in order to have her child.

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Abram looked up and saw three men in the presence of God.

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Abram's declared that Ishmael would not share in Isaac's inheritance.

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Abram then commanded the servants to remain while he and Isaac proceeded alone into the mount.

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Abram died at age 175, and was buried in the cave of Machpelah by his sons Isaac and Ishmael.

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Abram's thesis centered on the lack of compelling evidence that the patriarchs lived in the 2nd millennium BCE, and noted how certain biblical texts reflected first millennium conditions and concerns.

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Abram's story is read in the weekly Torah reading portions, predominantly in the parashot: Lech-Lecha, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, and Toledot .

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Abram is the patron saint of those in the hospitality industry.

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Abram is called both a hanif and muslim, and Muslims regard him as a prophet and patriarch, the archetype of the perfect Muslim, and the revered reformer of the Kaaba in Mecca.

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Abram is among the seven prophets who appeared in different periods of history according to the Druze faith.

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