Rabbi Menahem Ben Solomon Ben Isaac (11/12th century): “When the sword touched [Yitzhak’s/Isaac’s] throat his soul flow up into Gan Eden and he beheld the soul of his mother Sarah, who had died in the interim because Samael [Satan] had gone and informed her [that] … Avraham [Abraham] had already slaughtered Yitzhak [Isaac]. And Abraham outlived Sarah because there is a famous story about how he buried her then went and remarried (Keturah). While I don’t like the Satan-visiting-Sarah aspect of the story (which stems from a much later Judaism– Satan just isn’t a character in the modern Jewish reading of Genesis), I see why Rashi and other commentators but Sarah’s death while Abraham and Isaac were on the mountain. Asked by When a weary old man could not turn them, nor a young boy, nor the brook that was never there, Satan appeared as this same weary old man to Sarah and told her that Abraham and sacrificed her only son. And Isaac was comforted for his mother. Had not the Holy One said to him, ‘Lay not your hand upon the boy,’ I would have been slaughtered. (Genesis 17:15-21)(Genesis 21:1-3)Sarah was ninety years when the angel told her she would have a baby. We explained and established in previous piece a number of facts: 1. When she saw him, she said to him: “My son, what has your father done to you?” He answered her: “Father took me and raised me up to the mountains and brought me down into the valleys. Another brilliant article brothers Not Jasper. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. We showed from the previous piece that the incident on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22 to 23) and the death of Sarah occurred simultaneously. Abraham looked behind him, saw the ram, extricated him, and brought him as an offering instead of his son. At the time of Sarah’s death, Isaac would be have been 37-years-old. How long will the footprints on the moon last? After her death, Isaac (and not Abraham) inherited his mother’s tent. — Rashi on Genesis 23:2. If modern maps can be trusted, these places are 70km apart– more than a day’s walk, and perhaps a lot more. In the Jewish tradition (from Rashi, but he was drawing on other sources), no date is given for Isaac’s near-sacrifice because none is needed: it happened immediatelybefore Sarah’s death. Abraham was 100. Although the Bible doesn’t say it, Abraham may have told his wife to meet him in Hebron– it’s about halfway between Beersheba and Moriah. Sarah gave birth to Isaac at the age of ninety (Genesis 17). We know how old Sarah was when Isaac was born and we know how old she was when she died, but the key event in the middle– Isaac’s near-sacrifice– has no associated date. Now do you see why many things written in the bible are utterly ridiculous? 4. This above post is true. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him. Abraham was not by Sarah’s side. Why don't libraries smell like bookstores? Up next: What’s the going rate for a grave? Sarah jump with joy and excitement that her son Isaac was still alive. Remember, it was put together by men! . Which to believe? Was she the Bible’s first divorcee? (Avodat Yisrael (Bne Brak, 5733), p. He was born at the exact time God had promised him. Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?'". Answers I hear are 99, do you have a problem with that? She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. Abraham clearly came to mourn for Sarah. America’s Child-Marriage Problem (NYTimes.com), CHILD MARRIAGE IN AMERICA: (tahirih.org, 1, 2, 3. Read on for more. Sarah waited 90 years to have a baby. ( Log Out / Genesis 17:17 says that Sarah was 90 years old when God said to Abraham that she would conceive and bear a son. Therefore Strike Off Their Heads'. We don't know how much older than Sarah Abram was. Genesis 21:5- Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.” -Genesis 23:1-2. Review. This verse shows that Abraham was absent when Sarah died. 58:5). If you like the Documentary Hypothesis, it could be that the book was edited (badly) later so as to provide significance to Hebron that wasn’t in the original text. While this version neatly solves the question of why Abraham wasn’t with his wife when she died, it also requires Isaac to have been 36 when he went up the mountain with his father– hardly the small boy. When she saw him, she said: ‘MY SON, WHAT DID YOUR FATHER DO WITH YOU?’ ISAAC ANSWERED, ‘HE TOOK ME UP HILLS AND DOWN VALLEYS, until we reached the summit of a lofty mountain, where he arranged an altar, and bound me on it.