On his way home, he is met by Melchisedech, king of Salem who brings forth bread and wine, and blesses him And Abram gives him tithes of all he has; but for] himself he reserves nothing.God promises Abram that his seed shall be as the stars of heaven, and he shall possess the land of Chanaan.

Next morning Abraham, looking from his tent towards Sodom, sees the smoke of destruction ascending to heaven.

After this, Abraham moves south to Gerara, and again fearing for his life says of his wife, "she is my sister".

The meaning given to Abraham in Genesis 17:5 is popular word play, and the real meaning is unknown.

The Assyriologist, Hommel suggests that in the Minnean dialect, the Hebrew letter HĂȘ ("h") is written for long a.

So Lot chose the country about the Jordan, whilst Abram dwelt in Chanaan, and came and dwelt in the vale of Mambre in Hebron.

Now, on account of a revolt of the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrha and other kings from Chodorlahomor King of Elam, after they had served him twelve years, he in the fourteenth year made war upon them with his allies, Thadal king of nations, Amraphel King of Senaar, and Arioch King of Pontus.

Perhaps here we may have the real derivation of the word, and Abraham may be only a dialectical form of Abram .

The story of Abraham is contained in the Book of Genesis, to . Thare took Abram and his wife, Sarai, and Lot, the son of Aran, who was dead, and leaving Ur of the Chaldees, came to Haran and dwelt there till he died.

Abraham may be looked upon as the starting-point or source of Old Testament religion.

So that from the days of Abraham men were wont to speak of God as the God of Abraham, whilst we do not find Abraham referring in the same way to anyone before him.

Then he marries Cetura, old though he is, and has by her six children.