Genesis 18 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Chs. 18, 19. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (J)
Gen 18:1-15 . Visit of three Angels to Abraham, and the promise of a son to Sarah.
16 33. Colloquy of Jehovah with Abraham; Jehovah’s purpose to overthrow Sodom and Gomorrah and the intercession of Abraham.
Gen 19:1-23 . Visit of two Angels to Lot in Sodom, and the escape of Lot to Zoar.
24 28. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities of the Plain.
30 38. The origin of the Moabites and Ammonites.
With the exception of Gen 19:29, which is from P, the whole of this remarkable section is from J. Few passages in the O.T. narrative can rival it in simplicity, vividness, and grace of style.
The interposition of this section tends to heighten the expectancy with which the reader awaits the fulfilment of the promise; and to augment the impression of the Divine favour and esteem in which the patriarch is held.
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