Abraham and his family travels from Ur to Canaan. By József Molnár (1850). See Genesis 11:27–32, Genesis 12, Genesis 13, Genesis 14, Genesis 15:1–21. Image

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God tells Abram (Abraham) to leave his homeland to travel to a new land God would reveal unto Abraham saying: "I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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." (Gen 12:2-3) So Abraham departed from Haran with Sarah and his nephew Lot to go to Canaan. In Canaan God appeared to Abraham saying "Unto thy seed will I give this land" (Gen 12:7) and Abraham built an altar to God there. Then they travelled East of Bethel and then, since famine had struck, they went South to Egypt for a period. As Sarah was very beautiful, Abraham told her to pretend she was his brother so the Egyptians wouldn't kill him. And the Egyptians did find Sarah attractive and took her into Pharaoh's house while treating Abraham well for her sake. God then "plagued Pharaoh and his house" (Gen 12:17) on account of Sarah. Then Pharaoh called unto Abraham asking why he had tricked him into believing Sarah was his sister. Pharoah informed his men of Abraham and Sarah's matrimonial relationship and sent them away.

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