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Did Isaac marry Rebecca when she was three?
OF COURSE NOT!
Muslims get the age of Rebecca wrong, probably based on a suspicious misunderstanding these verses. We read (my comments in parenthesis):
Gen 22:19-24 / So Abraham returned (note, after not sacrificing Isaac)
unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba. (Where they had left from.) 20 And IT CAME TO PASS AFTER these things (What things? These words, “it came to pass after these things,” seem to imply a big period of time.)
that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;
(So, Abraham is informed that his brother had children with his wife Milcah and they are named; nothing is said as to when they were born!)
21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother. 24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
---So muslims would think that these verses somehow speak of Rebecca being born at that time, at that same period when Isaac was about to be sacrificed, but why?? That is not in this passage! It’s a totally absurd, blind claim!
But listen to this, even we entertain the misreading of Gen.22:19-20 by shamelessly and bluntly corrupt it as they do, the facts don’t add up and those are:
-Isaac born when Abraham was 100 and Sarrah was 90. (Abraham died when he was 175.)
died when she was 127.
-Sarrah was 90 when she had Isaac, and Isaac was therefore 37 when his mother died!
-He was married to Rebecca when he was 40, therefore 3 years after Sarrah’s death.
he then must have been YOUNGER THAN 37 when he went to Moriah and supposedly Rebecca
was born! She therefore could not be a - falsely alleged - three
year old when Isaac married her, but older than that, because his mother
was alive then (and till three years after that) when the left to go to Moriah.
This alone closes the preposterous and completely unfounded notion that Isaac
married Rebeca when she was three! But how old was he when he was taken to
Moriah, is the question.
As we said, he must be under 37, but the age is not given. We know however that He was 40 and she was likely more than 17 when they got married, we will see why.
If what is implied is that Rebecca was born during that time of visiting Moriah, then Isaac married Rebecca when his mother died, something too ridiculous to accept, especially knowing that we are not told that Sarrah died when they went or returned from Moriah, but three years later!
Among other reasons, Rebecca could not be three years old when she got married to Isaac, because:
1) Would Abraham send his servant to find a three year old for a wife for Isaac???
Gen 24:4-5 / But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a WIFE unto my son Isaac. 5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the WOMAN will not BE WILLING to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
2) If a three year old girl was on Abraham’s and the servant’s mind, why was the servant afraid that she might not “be willing” to follow him back to Isaac?? A child that young has nothing to say on such an issue and would not given an option; this means what it says, Rebecca would be a grown woman!
3) A three year old can not look after
camels and people.
4) She could not reply:
Gen 24:57-59 / And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. 58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I WILL GO.
you ask a three year old anything like that? Could she
reply like that, knowing she would have to leave her family? No three year old would do that!
5) Rebecca could not find a grown man attractive, neither speak of him the way she did, neither veil herself, if she was three years old:
Gen 24:63-65 / And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
So, why was this information placed there then? Because after Isaac staying alive, the next stage for him would be to get married. Abraham, and we, are secretly "hinted" there, as to who Isaac's wife would be.
1) Gen.22:19-20 does not say that Rebecca was born at the time of their trip at Moriah, but it emphasizes, a) and it came to pass, b) after these things… therefore long after, that Abraham was informed of the family progress of his brother. How far after he was informed, we don’t know.
2) The passage says nothing about when Rebecca or the other children and grandchildren of Nahor (the brother of Abraham), were born.
3) Abraham refers to a “wife” and the servant refers to a woman “willing” to become the wife of Isaac. They and we know, that no three-year old can even contemplate such a proposal.
4) Her language, knowledge and behavior, are that of a mature virgin woman, not a three year old!!
5) The simple math makes it clear that Rebecca was at least more than three years old when she married Isaac, so even if we entertain the bizarre corruption of the text attempted, again the claim is found to be ridiculous.