Online Friday Noon Study Group

April 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday December 10, 12-1

When our group met on December 3, we had a lively discussion of Chapter 16 and most of Chapter 17 in Genesis.  Among the issues we discussed were

  • Sarai’s apparent infertility and her request that Abram take Hagar, her Egyptian slave, as a wife so that he could have an heir.  “Abram heeded Sarai’s voice” (16:2), perhaps to insure shalom bais (domestic tranquility).

  • When Hagar becomes pregnant with Abram’s child, Sarai chides Abram because, as a barren women, she had become an object of  scorn in her slave’s eyes. (Oddly, this attachment of blame to Abram does not get discussed The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary). 

In addition to Genesis 12:10-20, we discussed Chapters 13-15 which covered differences between Abram and his nephew, Lot, and how these figures functioned inthe narrative as binary opposites; Abram as a warrior hero; and God’s deepening covenant with Abram. 

When we resume our discussions on December 3, the group will look at Genesis 16-18:  Sarai’s barrenness and Hagar’s role as a surrogate mother; angelic annunciations; and more covenants and circumcision. 

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at



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