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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis 12:1–20:17

THEME

Abraham’s Covenant

SETTING

Early 2nd millennium BCE The Fertile Crescent, Canaan, and Egypt.

KEY FIGURES

Abraham Son of Terah, who becomes the father of all nations.

Sarah Abraham’s famously beautiful wife.

Lot Abraham’s nephew, who travels toward Canaan with Abraham and Sarah.

Pharaoh Unnamed ruler of Egypt.

The conversion of Abraham by God is one of the most remarkable in the Bible. God’s decision to reveal Himself to this ordinary man resulted in the emergence of three of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

In Genesis 12:2, God appears to Abraham and urges him to leave his ...

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