According to Josephus in the Antiquities of the Jews Book 1 Chapter 8, paragraph 1… Abram went down to Egypt because there was a famine in Canaan.
He would have needed Pharaoh’s permission to enter the land.
A group the size that was travelling with Abram, couldn’t just wander over the border. At that time his nephew Lot, and his whole retinue were also with him. It would be fair to assume that still travelling with him were ‘the people he had acquired in Haran’ (Gen 12:5).
A couple of chapters later, Abram called out the 318 trained men BORN in his household to pursue the captors of his nephew Lot.
So many times I have read over words, and attached little or no significance to them. I have heard Abram described as a ‘donkey caravaneer’ and that he was a wanderer. As I study into the account of Abram/Abraham – I don’t think this is the case at all. Although he didn’t own land, he was very rich. He was also a mathemetician, an astrologer, he was a gifted speaker, and writer. Archeological evidence suggests that the homes in Ur of the Chaldees (or maybe only the rich ones) had running water; paint had been developed… so chemistry was understood.
In becoming a wanderer (one of the meanings of the word Hebrew is ‘to traverse’, ‘pass over’ according to Wikipedia), Abram gave up much. Position, respect, authority, and comfort.
How would he have felt as he set out, in obedience, to become a wanderer?
Till next time,