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influenced by their wives and leaving the path chosen by Abraham. This showed the
necessity of Abraham’s descendants leaving Canaan and going into exile. By so doing and
by being strangers in a strange land, they stuck together and married among themselves. In
*see Appendix 10 My Journey through the Haggadah by Yekutiel Atkins
the end they became enslaved by the people among whom they lived which helped to keep
them together. Keeping their own laws and customs they were less influenced by the idolatry
of the indigenous population.
Had they stayed in Canaan the opposite might have taken place. Abraham and Isaac
were honoured by the people among whom they lived. However we see from the story of
Dinah, (Gen. Ch. 34) how easy it is to be seduced by the pleasant but licentious and idolatrous
life of Canaan. It was essential therefore if God’s promise was to come to pass, that the
descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were to be a special people devoted to the one true...
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