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Genesis 14:12-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

12 They took with them Abram’s nephew Lot, who had been living in Sodom, as well as his possessions, and departed.

13 A survivor came and brought the news to Abram the Hebrew,[a] who was camping at the oak of Mamre the Amorite, a kinsman of Eshcol and Aner; these were allies of Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been captured, he mustered three hundred and eighteen of his retainers,[b] born in his house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:13 Abram the Hebrew: “Hebrew” was used by biblical writers for the pre-Israelite ancestors. Linguistically, it is an ethnic term; it may be built on the root Eber, who is the eponymous ancestor of the Israelites, that is, the one to whom they traced their name (10:21, 24–25; 11:14–17), or it may reflect the tradition that the ancestors came from beyond (eber) the Euphrates. It is used only by non-Israelites, or by Israelites speaking to foreigners.
  2. 14:14 Retainers: the Hebrew word hanik is used only here in the Old Testament. Cognate words appear in Egyptian and Akkadian texts, signifying armed soldiers belonging to the household of a local leader.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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