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כסות עיניים: Unraveling a Biblical Enigma

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Nov 9, 2022
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In the aftermath of Sarah's safe return after being taken into the court of Avimelekh, the latter adds to his appeasement offering by making a puzzling statement to Sarah: He points out that he has given 1000 silver pieces to Avraham (surprising as it wasn't mentioned in 20:15 as part of the mollification gift) and that it would be a "כסות עיניים" - an odd phrase which defies easy translation. The rest of the verse is equally opaque and the broad range of interpretations offered bears witness to the difficulty of these verses. By looking at the landscape of the Ancient Near East and how Avimelekh is, via allusion, presented in the text, we suggest an approach which carries with it a subtle rebuke to Avraham - which he evidently accepts

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