Joshua 24:2

Hebrew Bible

1 Joshua assembled all the Israelite tribes at Shechem. He summoned Israel’s elders, rulers, judges, and leaders, and they appeared before God. 2 Joshua told all the people, “This is what the Lord God of Israel has said: ‘In the distant past your ancestors lived beyond the Euphrates River, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor. They worshiped other gods, 3 but I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates and brought him into the entire land of Canaan. I made his descendants numerous; I gave him Isaac,

Jubilees 12:2


1 And it came to pass in the sixth week, in the seventh year thereof, [1904 A.M.] that Abram said to Terah his father, saying, 'Father!' 2 And he said, 'Behold, here am I, my son.' And he said, 'What help and profit have we from those idols which thou dost worship, And before which thou dost bow thyself? 3 For there is no spirit in them, For they are dumb forms, and a misleading of the heart. Worship them not: 4 Worship the God of heaven, Who causes the rain and the dew to descend on the earth And does everything upon the earth, And has created everything by His word, And all life is from before His face.

 Notes and References

"... This section derives from an old midrashic motif, ultimately based on a brief passage in the book of Joshua. If, according to Joshua 24:2, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor “worshiped other gods” when they lived in Mesopotamia, why does God say in the next verse, “So I took Abraham …”? Interpreters concluded that Abraham must at some point have rebelled against the beliefs of his father and brother and began to worship the one true God. Out of this developed the story recounted here and numerous other texts, according to which Terah was an idolator, indeed, a maker of idols and/or a priest of idolatry ..."

Kugel, James L. A Walk through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation (p. 88) Brill, 2012

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