Verses of Genesis 23

Genesis 23 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. 23. (P). 1, 2, The Death of Sarah; 3 18, Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite the Cave and Field of Machpelah; 19, He buries Sarah there; 20, Abraham’s Property

The Burial of Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah

This chapter is entirely from P, as is shewn by the characteristics of language, by the frequent repetitions, by the legal and statistical minuteness (e.g. in Gen 23:17-18), and the mention of Sarah’s age. The narrative preserved the tradition respecting the first possession of Canaanite soil by the Israelite patriarchs. The veneration of the cave of Machpelah as the traditional burying-place of the patriarchs will account for the minuteness with which Abraham’s purchase of the famous cave is here described. It seems to set an anticipatory seal of possession upon the land of promise. See Gen 25:9-10, Gen 49:29-32, Gen 50:13 (P).

The details given in this chapter are a faithful picture of the usages of the East; but there is nothing to warrant the assertion that they are peculiarly Babylonian.

Verses of Genesis 23

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Genesis 23:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 23:0 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 23:0 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Genesis 23:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 23:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 23:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 23:0 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Genesis 23:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 23:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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