Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.”

Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Go to my kindred (Genesis 24:1-4).

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

  • Foreigner

    Testify!

  • ohiolibrarian

    I don’t quite understand the part about “put your hand under my thigh”.  Could someone explain? I seems an odd way to register an oath or vow which is what I’m assuming.

  • reynard61

    “I don’t quite understand the part about ‘put your hand under my thigh’. Could someone explain?”

    From what I was told in a Bible study class (one of the first steps in my long march away from Christianity) it was apparently a common practice among the males of desert tribes to swear important oaths having to do with family by grabbing the penis of the one being sworn to and…well…swearing the oath. I imagine that the squick factor could be rather high depending upon who was swearing what to whom…

  • Foreigner

    And of course the Romans were alleged to have taken oaths whilst gripping their testes, hence ‘testify’. (It isn’t true, alas).

  • ohiolibrarian

    So I gather the translation is being … discreet.

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    It means you’re pledging by all your future descendants for the entire future. Semitic tribal cultures were very much into ancestry, descent, and family bloodlines.
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    And offering up your genitalia — your ability to create life and sire those future descendants — if you break your oath.


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