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Genesis 12

1 - Now the LORD said to Abram, "Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you.

2 - I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.

3 - I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you."

4 - So Abram went, as the LORD had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

5 - Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother's son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan.

6 - Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time, Canaanites were in the land.

7 - The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "I will give this land to your offspring."He built an altar there to The LORD, who had appeared to him.

8 - He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on The LORD's name.

9 - Abram traveled, still going on toward the South.

10 - There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.

11 - When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at.

12 - It will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This is his wife.' They will kill me, but they will save you alive.

13 - Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you."

14 - When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

15 - The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

16 - He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 - The LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.

18 - Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What is this that you have done to me? Why didn't you tell me that she was your wife?

19 - Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, see your wife, take her, and go your way."

20 - Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.

Genesis 12 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: God makes a covenant with Abram, Abram shall become a great nation, His seed shall bless all the families of the earth, Abram leaves his homeland in Ur of the Chaldees and travels to Haran and then sojourns in the land of Canaan, because of a great famine Abram goes down into Egypt, Abram and Sarai are tested in Pharaoh's court.

Genesis Chapter 12

Genesis 12:3 - And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Outline
The Call of Abram (Genesis 12:1)
The Covenant with Abram (Genesis 12:2-4)
Abram in Canaan (Genesis 12:5-9)
Abram in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20)

Summary
1 God Calleth Abram, And Blesseth Him With A Promise Of Christ.
4 He Departeth With Sarai and Lot From Haran.
6 He Journeyeth Through Canaan,
7 Abram Promised Again In A Vision.
10 He Is Driven By A Famine Into Egypt.
11 Fear Maketh Him Lie Making His Wife To Be His Sister.
14 Pharaoh, Took Sarai, By Plagues He Is Compelled To Restore Her.

Abraham and his family leave Ur of the Chaldees
Abraham and his family leave Ur of the Chaldees to obey God's command.

Painting of Abram's Journey to Canaan by Gustave Dore
Painting of Abram's Journey to Canaan by Gustave Dore

Topics for Bible Study
Ur of the Chaldees
Ancient Ziggurats - Background Bible Study
The Fertile Crescent
Abram's Journey
Haran
Lot
Sarai
The Land of Canaan
The Canaanite
~ Shechem ~
The Plain of Moreh
Abram Builds an Altar
Ancient Altars - Background Bible Study
Abram Calls Upon the Name of the LORD
Sojourn
Abram's Descendants
Bethel
Egypt
Abram's Sister
Famine in Canaan
Harems

Reconstruction - The Ziggurat of Ur
Painted Sketch of The Great Ziggurat of Nannar at Ur in the time of Abraham
The Great Ziggurat at Ur in the time of Abraham

Historical Background
God makes a covenant with Abram, Abram shall become a great nation, His seed shall bless all the families of the earth, Abram leaves his homeland in Ur of the Chaldees and travels to Haran and then sojourns in the land of Canaan, because of a great famine Abram goes down into Egypt, Abram and Sarai are tested in Pharaoh's court.

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of Ur of the Chaldees
Map of Ur of the Chaldees (Click to Enlarge)

ARCHAEOLOGY

The Standard of Ur

Royal Standard of Ur

This royal standard of ancient Ur of the Chaldees was carried on a pole around 2600 BC. There are scenes of war and scenes of peace.

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Ancient Customs
Ziggurats
Altars
Sojourning
Famine
Harems

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Ancient People
Lot
Sarai
The Canaanite
Abram

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Kingdom of Egypt in the Time of Abraham
Map of Egyptian Kingdom (Click to Enlarge)

Geography
Ur of the Chaldees
The Fertile Crescent
Haran
The Land of Canaan
Shechem
The Plain of Moreh
Bethel
Egypt

Maps
Map of the Table of Nations
Map of the Ancient Fertile Crescent (2500 B.C.)
Map of Ancient Mesopotamia
Map of the Giants and Early Inhabitants of Ancient Israel
Map of the Canaanite Nations
Map of the World of Abraham
Map of the Journeys of Abraham

Map of the Journey of Abraham
Map of the Abram's Journey from Ur to Haran through Canaan and to Egypt
The Journey of Abram from Ur to Haran to Canaan to Egypt

Clothing in the Time of Abraham
Clothing in the Time of Abraham

This is how a man or a patriarch would have dressed in ancient times about the time of Abraham which was around 1800 BC. From inside to out he wore an under garment which was bound by a girdle.

Map of the World of Abraham
Map of the World of Abraham
The World of Abraham, the first Hebrew

ARCHAEOLOGY

Carving of an Ancient Canaanite

Wall relief of an ancient canaanite

This wall relief from Egypt reveals an image of an ancient Canaanite. The Bible reveals that Canaan was the fourth son of Ham and brother of Mizraim, who is Egypt. It was Canaan, the grandson of Noah who Noah had cursed in Genesis 9:25. The descendants of Canaan are listed in Genesis 10:15-19. The Canaanites actually became a general term for "all the inhabitants" of the land of ancient Israel, and especially to the tribe who dwelt west of the Dead Sea and had conquered the whole area east of the Jordan River.

Genesis 10:15-19 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt