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Studying Genesis in the series Lesson 8, may the Holy Spirit be the speaker to your heart.  

The Topic today is: "Keturah the wife of Abraham".

The Opening Hymn will be 229 "Spirit of the Living God"

The Sabbath School Quarterly, downloadable from in the Teacher's Edition is on page 103 and for the laymen edition or Standard Edition, on page 69.

The site allows anyone, anywhere to read the lesson in their own language. Choose your own language to see God speaking also to your heart.

---One thing we need to know, and which dr. Doukhan was criticized for by Hasel  and others, is that he loves "structuralism".

---Structuralism tries to discover another message in the way the author of a book "set out" or "park" his material in a certain order or not.

---This "message" is not in the lines but an opinion floating "around" the text.

---One can call this paratextual or peritextual or even metatextual.

---One need to know the dangers of these ideas because it is speculative and Hasel did not like to speculate about God's Word.

---Judaism and Rabbis are known to do this often and they collect then their ideas in "Halakah" or "Midrash" and these became considered equal with the Bible.

---Sometimes ideas in Midrash was taken over against the biblical text and it resulted in overloading the Sabbath with all kinds of rules and regulations that is not biblical or the Word of God but the thinking and rationalization of men.

---Care and caution is noted.

---The name Sara has three consonants and that is typical Hebrew. The name Rebekkah has four consonants and that may be Amorite in origin. The name Keturah has five consonants and that may be Egyptian or Hamitic, like the wife of Moses.

---The closest I could come to a meaning for Keturah from a Late Egyptian Dictionary, page 28, is the word ḳḏwr meaning "oil from Hatti" or the land of the Hittites. The male would be Ketur and the female would be Keturah with the /h/ added to the name.

---I do not know if Keturah was the daughter of a wealthy oil baron?

---Another Egyptian word was also found with similar phonics and it also was connected to the idea of "oil". Even with my suggestion, one has to be hesitant since other research may give more convincing data.