REFUTING ISLAMIC TEACHING ABOUT REBEKAH

One of the most bizarre teachings among some Islamic apologists comes as a result of their attempt to justify Mohammad’s pedophilia. They make the unholy claim that Isaac married Rebekah when she was only three years old.

However, according to the Bible, Rebekah was a woman when she met and became Isaac’s wife. Rebekah is referred to as a woman four times in Genesis 24 before she ever met Isaac.

According to the scriptural account, Abraham (Isaac’s father) sent one of his elder servants to his kinsmen to search out a wife for Isaac. He went on this journey to find a woman to be Isaac’s wife, not a toddler. 

In his exchange with Abraham before leaving for his journey, Abraham said the following to his servant.

The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take A WIFE unto my son from thence. And if THE WOMAN will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again. (Genesis 24:7-8)

Notice that Abraham sent his servant to find a woman to be Isaac’s wife.

Rebekah was a woman (Genesis 24:5,8,39,44) and she was also very beautiful (Genesis 24:16). When she met Abraham’s servant, she came carrying a pitcher on her shoulder to draw water from a well for her family. She also drew water for Abraham’s servant and for his 10 camels. This was not the task of a toddler.

Also Genesis 24:16 tells us, the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

Rebekah was a young woman, a virgin, and of the age to be married. She was not a toddler. 

Furthermore, anyone reading the narrative in Genesis 24 can easily see that the encounter between Abraham’s servant and Rebekah is not that of an older gentleman conversing with a toddler. In the biblical narrative, Abraham’s servant and Rebekah dialogue as adults would.

Abraham’s servant also came prepared with jewelry and clothing as a gift for the woman who would become Isaac’s wife (Genesis 24:53). Abraham’s servant did not come with clothing for a three year old.

As the narrative unfolds, we see that it was Rebekah’s decision to go with Abraham’s servant to become Isaac’s wife, and she went with her family’s blessing. When she and Abraham’s servant arrived at the place where Isaac was, her reaction to seeing Isaac for the first time was not that of a three year old, but that of a mature young woman. 

You cannot fit a three year old into the narrative and have it make any sense at all.

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