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A Wife for Isaac

Abraham Seeks a Wife for Isaac

As Abraham nears the end of his life, he is concerned that his son Isaac might be drawn away from Canaan – ‘the land of promise’ – back to Mesopotamia in order to find a wife from among their kinsfolk at Haran. So Abraham arranges for his chief steward to go back to Haran to seek a wife for Isaac.
In due course, the steward sets out for Aram Naharaim (‘Aram of the Rivers’ in north west Mesopotamia).

Rebekah: Haran to Hebron

Rebekah returns to Hebron with Abraham’s servant.

Rebekah Meets Isaac

When Rebekah arrives, Isaac has just returned with the flocks from the wilderness of Beer Lahai Roi (‘The well of the Living One who sees me’ - see Genesis 16:13). Isaac falls in love with Rebekah and later marries her.

Isaac Moves to Gerar

Famine strikes the semi-arid uplands of southern Canaan, so Isaac moves to the more fertile territory of the Philistines on the coastal plain. He settles in the Philistine city of Gerar where he pretends that Rebekah is his sister so the Philistines don’t kill him.

Isaac Forced to Move

Isaac is forced by the Philistines to move to Beersheba. God renews his covenant promise and Isaac’s servants dig another well. Abimelech, the king of the Philistines, makes peace and Isaac prepares a feast. The new well is called Shibah (‘Promise’).

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