It is Abraham in Genesis and Moses in Exodus whose experiences that pave the
way for the beginning of the Jewish culture. These two books, give both a history and
culture to the Jews. Through Abraham’s covenant with God, and Moses leading the Jews
out of Egypt, the Jewish people gain a sense of individualism for the first time. Steering
free from oppression, and inheriting a new confidence, the Jews are finally ready to
cultivate a nation.
In Genesis, after chapter 11, God promises Abraham that his decedents will
forever be his “Chosen People”, and that He will make Abraham the father of a multitude
of nations through his descendants. God tells Abraham, at the age of 75, that Sarah, his
wife, would bear a child. God also has Abraham and Sarah migrate to Canaan. On a trip
to Egypt for food, the Egyptians notice Sarah’s beauty and order her to go before the
Pharaoh. Abraham lies and says that Sarah is his sister to escape a possible death, but the
Pharaoh soon realizes the truth. Luckily, before the Pharaoh could react, God intervenes
by strickening the Pharaoh and his household with a disease until the Pharaoh has to let
them go. However, if these hardships and adversities were not enough to deal with,
several decades of waiting passes as the fulfilling of God’s promises begin to look bleak.
How could this man, Abraham, continue to believe?
Abraham’s two characteristics, which are both extraordinary, are his patience and
his faith. His patience guides him through the grueling task of waiting for God’s plans to
develop. His faith is remarkable as he believes that not only will his wife give birth, but
also that his children will carry the torch as “The Chosen People”. God obviously did
act on his promises as Abraham and Sarah finally had Isaac, and eventually their children
were recognized as the people of G...