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Headword: Serouch
Adler number: sigma,253
Translated headword: Saruch, Seruch, Serug
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man derives from the tribe of Japeth, and idolatry began with him: for he decreed that the best men of long ago be honored with images and statues and be reverenced as benefactors. And this man ruled until the times of Terah the father of Abraham. But Abraham was a righteous man and had come into the knowledge of God, and he had deemed that his father was deceiving men, by accustoming them to make obeisance to idols and statues and not to know God as the maker of all things. When he had crushed the works of his father, he retired from the Chaldean mountains of Karra of the region in the middle of the rivers, and he dwelt in the parts of that which is now called Palestine beyond the Jordan River, he and his kinsmen and Lot[1] the son of his brother, in the 75th year of his life. And so there were 1403 years from the flood until Abraham, and there were 3745 years from Adam until Abraham. And Abraham became quite wealthy in his many possessions, and their settlement did not have room for them: and he granted to Lot to inhabit the regions beyond the Jordan: indeed during this time two cities were destroyed, Sodom and Gomorra,[2] when a divine fire fell down upon them, because they were insulting the strangers who were there.
Greek Original:
Serouch: houtos katagetai ek tês phulês tou Iapheth, kai apo toutou êrxato hê eidôlolatria: edogmatise gar eikosi kai andriasi timasthai tous palai aristeusantas kai timasthai hôs euergetas. kai touto epekratêse mechri tôn chronôn Tharra tou patros Abraam. Abraam de dikaios genomenos kai es theognôsian elthôn kai logisamenos, hoti ho patêr autou tous anthrôpous planai, paraskeuazôn autous eidôlois kai agalmasi proskunein kai poiêtên hapantôn mê gnôrizein theon, suntripsas ta tou patros erga anechôrêsen apo Karrôn horôn Chaldaiôn tês mesês tôn potamôn chôras kai ôikêsen es ta merê tês nuni kaloumenês Palaistinês peran tou Iordanou potamou, autos kai hoi autou sungeneis kai Lôt ho huios tou adelphou autou, e# kai o# etei tês heautou zôês. eisin oun apo tou kataklusmou heôs Abraam etê #22aug#, apo de tou Adam heôs tou Abraam etê #22gpsme#. egeneto de Abraam plousios sphodra en ktênesi pollois, kai ouk echôrei autous hê sunoikia autôn: kai edôke Lôt oikein ta peran tou Iordanou: kath' hon dê chronon apôlonto duo poleis, Sodoma te kai Gomorra, theiou puros katarragentos ep' autas, dioti tous pariontas enubrizon xenous.
Notes:
John of Antioch fr.9 FHG (4.546), now 17 Roberto. See further sigma 254 (and already alpha 69).
[1] cf. lambda 739.
[2] cf. sigma 764.
Keywords: art history; biography; chronology; economics; ethics; geography; historiography; religion
Translated by: Bobbiejo Winfrey on 7 August 2003@15:40:24.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added note and keyword) on 8 August 2003@01:20:56.
David Whitehead (supplemented headword; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 August 2003@03:39:39.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@05:11:59.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 January 2015@04:20:40.

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