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Unformatted text preview: , (Gen. Ch. 15. ), that his descendants were to spend 400 years in exile in a foreign land.
The Rabbis calculated that this exile started with the birth of Abraham’s son Isaac so that the
actual time spent in Egypt was only 210 years. The question arises why did Abraham’s
descendants have to spend any time in exile at all? After all the Land of Canaan was
promised to Abraham and his descendants (Gen. Ch.13 V. 14-17.) why not start there and then.
The answer given by the Torah (Gen. Ch. V.15 v16) is simple. Abraham left Haran
( Gen. Ch. 12. V. 5), the city in which his father had settled. ‘To go to the Land which I will show
you’, (Gen Ch. 12 V.1). Taking with him Sara, his wife, Lot his nephew and the people he had
made, that is converted to the recognition of the Creator, the one and only God. When he
was gone, would their faith be strong enough to continue in his way? Abraham’s only son at
that time was Ishmael the son of Hagar his Egyptian concubine, who was not a member of
Abraham’s own tribe that...
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