Fighting Men, Murdered Animals, Mistreated Women
And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle…then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Abram and Lot had to part ways because they were SOOOO wealthy, presumably from all the cattle they stole from Pharaoh, that the land could simply not sustain so many animals and people. Their herdsman kept fighting and they had to split up. God and Abram scam Pharaoh, this leads to infighting with Lot, Lot settles elsewhere near Sodom, so I feel like Lot’s wife dying because of looking back, besides being god’s fault, was also god’s fault…
And he said unto him, “Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
God tells Abram he’s definitely going to get the land god has promised him, and Abram asks god how can he know for sure? Well, couldn’t you guess, without any explanation of why this is necessary or how it will ensure his inheritance of the land, god tells him to gather all these animals with the implication that they are an offering. I do not understand why the god of the universe would be interested in murdered/burning animals. Being the lord of a people and constantly needing them to show their devotion to you through acts of cruelty is so very suspiciously something that a human king would ask for.
And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
I’m still figuring this one out. So Sarai made Abram have sex with Hagar…and maybe even marry her (polygamy?)…then when Hagar got pregnant, as planned and hoped for, Hagar hated Sarai and Sarai started being real mean to her? Did I get that right? Also Abram, the classy gentleman that he is, told Sarai, “Yeah go ahead! She’s your slave. Nevermind that you told me to have a child with her and that she now carries that child, please treat her as harshly as you please!”
Similarly to the stories about Noah, the reason I’m picking apart these insights we get into the nature of our protagonists is to point out how unremarkable they are. They aren’t even just unremarkable, they are clearly immoral. This makes it very unconvincing that god would choose them as the heros, the best that humanity has to offer. Why does he keep making covenants with these fools? I take this as evidence against the existence of god. If he was really looking around for the cream of the crop, how’d he end up with a drunk naked guy cursing his children, and a wealthy con-man would won’t even protect his baby mama.