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12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you any one else here? A son-in-law, sons, daughters, or any one you have in the city? ” […] But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. 15 When morning dawned, […] 16he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, […] and they brought him forth and set him outside the city. ” […] 18And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lord; 19behold, your servant has found favor in your sight. ” […] 22[…] Therefore the name of the city was called Zo’ar.
A cruel fate has driven him out of the familiar world of Palestine into the foreign land. The conditions that the patriarchs each time experience among an indigenous population and that the Israelites then endure under Egyptian oppression and on their wanderings through the desert reflect his own present. The doubt whether Yahweh is able to guarantee the blessing of support in the foreign country is his doubt. The hope for Yahweh’s protection and, in the end, for a return reflect his own hope. 60 (2) The language and the world of ideas have their roots in the court.
Among Noah’s sons, a curse is laid on Ham/Canaan because of an indecent act. In the table of the nations, Nimrod is numbered among Ham’s sons. “The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, and Akkad, all of them in the land of Shinar” (Gen 10:10). This Mesopotamian empire counts as the realm of evil. Egypt too is supposed to be the descendant of Ham, as are, of course, the Canaanites, under whom Abraham and Lot are said to have lived as strangers. In Shem, “the father of all the children of Eber” (= all the Hebrews) the group of those who belong to Yahweh stands over against the sons of Ham (v.