When I read this, after reading the rest of the chapter before it, I feel that I know exactly the words that Abraham’s servant used. How do I know this? Because he already told his story once, as he repeated everything to Laban. I’ve noticed this several times in the Genesis record. When Jews told a story, they told the whole story, word for word.
“My servant, go and do this, this, and that.”
“My master said to me, ‘My servant, go and do this, this, and that,’ so I went and did this, this, and that.”
I can just imagine how Laban would have told the story to his relatives later:
“Abraham’s servant said to me, ‘My master said to me, ‘My servant, go and do this, this, and that,’ so he went and did this, this, and that.'”
On one side, it is funny to read the same story 3 times in a chapter. On the other side, it gives me confidence that the Jewish style of story-telling preserves everything and leaves out nothing, and therefore our Hebrew Old Testaments as copied through the centuries are reliable.
(Reading for today was Genesis 24-25)
I’m falling behind on my daily reading. Today I’m trying something new: reading and blogging in the morning instead of in the evening. It is now the first thing I do so start the day, instead of something I’ll try to do if I can squeeze it into my schedule before I pass out from exhaustion. I think this new way is better.
I thought about starting over on January 1st, but then I repented. I don’t want to disregard the progress I’ve made by starting over, so I will simply continue. I will read through, and blog through, the Bible in a year. The year just may not be made up of a literal 365 consecutive days 🙂