Abraham, whose father was
Thara, was born in the one thousand and seventeenth year after the
deluge. His wife was called Sara, and his dwelling-place was at first
in the country255255 of the
Chaldæans. He then dwelt along with his father at Charræ.
Being at this time spoken to by God, he left his country and his
father, and taking with him Lot, the son of his brother, he came into
the country of the Canaanites, and settled at a place named Sychem.
Ere long, owing to the want of corn, he went into Egypt, and
again returned. Lot, owing to the size of the household, parted from
his uncle, that he might take advantage of more spacious territories in
what was then a vacant region, and settled at Sodom. That town was
infamous on account of its inhabitants, males forcing themselves upon
males, and it is said on that account to have been hateful to God. At
that period the kings of the neighboring peoples were in arms, though
previously there had been no256256 war among mankind.
73But the kings of
Sodom and Gomorrah and of the adjacent territories went forth to battle
against those who were making war upon the regions round about, and
being routed at the first onset, yielded the victory to the opposite
side. Then Sodom was plundered and made a spoil of by the victorious
enemy, while Lot was led into captivity. When Abraham heard of this, he
speedily armed his servants, to the number of three hundred and
eighteen, and, stripping of their spoils and arms the kings flushed
with victory, he put them to flight. Then he was blessed by
Melchisedech the priest, and gave him tithes of the spoil. He restored
the remainder to those from whom it had been taken.