Bible Stories in Genesis - Part 2

"Abraham and Sarah in Egypt"

Sumerian IB.RU.UM, General not Shepherd





A Story remembered from hearing it scores of times at his mother's knee and from Sabbath School teachers and Church School teachers

by Dr. Benjamin Carson MD


    Dr. Ben Carson received a lot of unfavorable publicity early in his campaign to become President of the United States because of his stated belief that the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob was true, that there was indeed a 7-year famine in Egypt in the days of Joseph, and that one or several pyramids was connected in some way with the storage of grain supervised by Joseph.

Genesis  37:2 "These are the generations of Jacob.

   "Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, and the lad was with with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph  brought unto his father their evil report."

      4 "And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him."

   Before this story ends, Joseph ends up in Egypt, quite a ways from where Joseph was tending sheep with his jealous troublesome brothers.  But Joseph was not the first in this family that went to Egypt.  Abraham his (supposed) great-grandfather had gone to Egypt with his wife Sarah.

      Genesis 12:10 "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land."

    11 "And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon."

     13 "Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee."

     15 "And the princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house."

     16 "And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels."

    17 "And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues of Sarai Abram's wife."

    18 "And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?"

     19"Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way."

     20 "And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."

     Genesis 13:2 "And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold."

    The Bible story of Joseph, and of Moses, are both quite likely a compilation of details from the lives of several other real historical persons, from which various Bible authors have constructed mythical heroes and prophets much larger than life -- but Abram - Abraham was indeed one historical person, whose identity is changed to a Hebrew shepherd, although he was, in real life, a Sumerian general, in command of an army. 

     His "riches" were not his own, but belonged to the Elohim or Anunaki.  Who came calling on him to discuss their plans with him because he was really their general, and very much a part of their plans.  In Genesis chapter 14, a major military exploit of "General" Abraham, whose Sumerian name was IB-RU-UM, is given in enough detail that scholars have been able to identify him from parallel contemporary records dug up by archaeologists in the Middle East.

Abraham and the 3 angels (Elohim) who came calling on him at his tent near Hebron

    Genesis 18:1 "And the Lord appeared unto  him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;--"

    2 "And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself towaed the ground."

    3 "And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:--"

    4 "Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:---"

(Later, when the men (who were angels) had dined)

   16 "And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way."

    22 "And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord."




  All the details of the military campaign described in Genesis chapter 14 can be found in this Sumerian cylinder seal impression as well as the cuneiform text that we now know accompanies it!

     The entire story of this part of the life of the REAL ABRAHAM, only sketchily   covered in the Bible, can be found elsewhere on this web site --Dr. R. F. Holt, md

     Genesis 21:1 "And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken."

      2 "For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham's son in his old age, at the same time of which God had spoken to him."

      3 "And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah  bare to him, Isaac."

     4 "And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him."

    Birth of Isaac to the 100-year-old Abraham and 90-year-old Sarah.


Sumerian Mural -- Abraham, as IB-RU-UM was a Sumerian, not a Hebrew.

To Move on to Jacob's 12 Sons, Click this Line


Who wrote Genesis?


WAbraham and Sarah in Egypt


12 Sons for Jacob-Israel


Joseph the Dreamer


Imhotep 1



Imhotep 2




Grain Storage


Joseph Sold into Slavery


Tempted and in Prison


Pharaoh's Dreams


Joseph Grand Visier


Who Copied Who?


Magdalene 1


 Magdalene 2


NT Joseph Jesus' Father