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Verbal resonances suggest that Abraham's claim that Sarah is his half-sister in Gen. xx 13 indicates that he violates the prohibition of sibling incest in Lev. xx 17. This observation links Abraham not only to Amnon who has an incestuous relationship with his half-sister Tamar but to David who has an incestuous relationship with his halfsister Abigail after the death of her husband Nabal. The narrative of the conception of Moab, the son born to Lot after his unwitting incestuous relationship with his younger daughter, precedes the narrative in which Abraham admits that Sarah is his half-sister and is followed by the birth of Isaac, suggesting that the Torah implies that Isaac is no less the product of an incestuous relationship that violates the Holiness Code than Moab, an ancestor of David and Perez who is born as a result of an unwitting incestuous relationship between Judah and Tamar.


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