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    2 Abraham
    Chapter 11

    2 Abraham 11

    Abram born through Amthelo, wife of Terah. Nimrod seeks to slay him. Terah hides Abram and Amthelo in the mountains.

    1. Now my father Terah took many wives and begat many children. And when he was sixty-five years of age, he took to wife Amthelo, the daughter of Cornebo, the son of Serug; and she was a young woman of fifteen years.

    2. And when Terah was seventy years of age, his wife Amthelo conceived, and bare a son, whom he named Abram, which by interpretation is, Exalted Father, for he said: Nimrod hath raised me on high over all his host, wherefore my seed shall reign as gods forever.

    3. Now this prophecy he spake, not knowing that it was of Yahweh-Elohim.

    4. On the night that I was born, there were great signs in the heavens, and when Nimrod's astrologers saw them, they were astonished, and they spake evil of me to the king, saying that surely I should overthrow his kingdom.

    5. Wherefore they counselled the king to purchase me of my father that they might slay me and thus frustrate the plans of Elohim. King Nimrod thereupon sent for my father Terah and spake unto him the words of the astrologers, and asked for his son in return for a great sum of gold and silver.

    6. But the Spirit of Yahweh wrought upon my father, that he was loathe to give me up to the king. On the night that I was born, a son was also born unto one of my father's concubines, and this child my father took unto the king. And the king slew him in my stead, for thus had Elohim ordained that I might grow up to serve Him, the only wise and true Elohim, and strive to establish His Covenant in the earth all my days.

    7. Thus was my life saved by my father Terah, and he took me with my mother, Amthelo, and my nurse Edna, unto a cave hidden in the mountains some distance from the city of Ur, where he secreted us and visited us each month at the new moon.

    8. For my father thus informed the king that he went each month on the new moon to a spot sacred to his family to worship his family deity. For in the kingdom of Nimrod each man worshipped gods of his own make -- gods of wood and stone, each after the imagination of his own heart.

    9. Thus did I dwell in the cave with my mother Amthelo and my nurse Edna, and knew no other man save my father Terah and my elder brothers Haran and Nahor, who accompanied my father on his visits.

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