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Abraham, Part 3: Do You Have to Marry a Jewish Girl?

The issue of continuity that continues to perplex.

P. David Hornik


May 5, 2013 - 8:00 am

The servant — a wonderfully drawn character, honest, earnest, and dedicated,

took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed…and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia….

Arriving there, he stops with his men and camels by a well in the evening. Addressing God, the servant requests that he be able to identify the right girl by means of a test:

Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac….

And indeed, in the dusk there, the girl materializes:

And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

At that point the servant approaches her with his test — which she passes decisively, showing nothing but kindness and hospitality. The girl, of course, is Rebekah, granddaughter of Abraham’s brother Nahor. She leads the servant to Abraham’s kinfolk; he stays the night there, explains his mission, and they realize that “The thing proceedeth from the Lord” and they have no choice but to send Rebekah back with him to Canaan.

And there:

…Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

And the future of the great nation in the land of Canaan is — for now — secured.

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Well, besides the issue of Jewish continuity, dating a Catholic girl when you weren't even a Christian wasn't fair to the Catholic girl. A Protestant can sacramentally marry a Catholic if they get permission to do so and he agrees to raise the children Catholic, but sacramental marriage is impossible between a Catholic and an unbaptized person.
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Marriage wasn't on the agenda. And the dating was her choice just as much as mine.
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My Israeli husband's parents were Holocaust survivors. He told me that they regarded every grandchild born as a victory against the Germans who had tried and almost succeeded in wiping out both of their families. He said that when each grandchild was born, it was like they were saying to Hitler, "Take that! Another one! And look at her...she's pregnant again...another one!!!"
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In Genesis, and Job the sons of G-d are always Angels. Except for Adam. Therefore, the Nephilim can not be the sons of Cain. The Nephilim were one of the biggest reasons for Noah's flood.

The Nephilim were on the earth after the flood. This maybe the reason G-d did not want Abraham's offspring to mix with the locals. Not only did the locals worship false gods, but murdered their young. Kind of like today's world.

It is not until the New Testament that the term son of G-d was used for a fully human body. The word made flesh, who was murdered for human sin. The blood of the lamb. In this case a perfect human body which had no sin. Died willingly for all. The word made flesh would not enter a body contaminated with Nephilim DNA.
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One should recognize that the first inkling of a "great nation" that would comprise the Hebrew line of Abraham didn't emerge until the third generation. One son by Hagar the concubine, Ishmael, was banished. And the sons of his second wife, Keturah, were given "gifts" and sent to the lands of the East. That left only Isaac.

Isaac had two sons, but only one got the "birthright": Jacob. Esau went his own way and created his own nation. So two generations after Abraham, that future "Jewish" nation was still just ... one person. Jacob of course had 12 sons, who each created his own tribe.

Like most Jews in the Diaspora, those in the US are mostly secular and liberal, and like most secular liberals have few children. So it's a shrinking, aging population. But in Israel, even "non-religious" Jews are marrying and having children, and so have the youngest Jewish demographic in the world.
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Good points all.
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