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Relationship to Chapters 1-2. The relationship of Verses 2:17-25 to the rest of Chapters 1-2 is discussed at Chapters 1-2.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 2:17-25 include:
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- Abr 2:18: Comparison to Genesis. Notice that here Abraham offers sacrifice before the Lord appears to him, a seeming reversal of the sequence in Gen 12:7.
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Prompts for life application
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Prompts for further study
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- Abr 2:17: Abraham's father spared? Do we know if Abraham's father perished in the famine or not? Notice Gen 11:32 says that "Terah died in Haran." It seems his death is not mentioned anywhere else. Are there any surviving legends about Terah's death?
- Abr 2:21: Abraham and sealing power. If Abraham had the Melchezidek Priesthood, might he have had the same sealing power we read about in Hel 11 (cf. Elijah and Elisha's powers over famine)? If so, why didn't he use it to stop the famine so he wouldn't have to flee Egypt?
- Abr 2:25: End of story? The story seems to drop off here. Did Joseph take a break from translating here? How might it be significant that Joseph translated this part of the story (esp. where God tells him to lie about Sarah being his wife), but did not get to other parts (or did not obtain other parts of the documents with more of this story in it)?
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