Genesis 12:11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Please say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake, and on account of you my life will be spared.”

14So when Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

How could she be so beautiful when she was so old?

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First, Sarah was ten years younger than Abraham (See Gen 17).

Next, Abram was 75 years old when they left Haran (Gen 12:4) so Sarai was 65 years old. It appears that the incident in Gen 12:11 occurred soon after. In any case it was well before the incidents with Lot (Gen 13, 14) and well before the birth of Ishmael (Gen 16) when Abram was 86 years old and Sarai 76.

The stunning beauty of Sarai was not only noticed by Pharaoh in Gen 12 but also turned the head of Abimelek in Gen 20 when Sarah was even older.

I have no difficulty with Sarah remaining very beautiful into her seventies and even eighties; she died at the age of 127 (Gen 23:1) - much older than people live today.

I did a quick internet search and found many older women in the sixties, seventies and eighties who were still very beautiful. So, I see no problem for Sarah to have remained attractive at these ages.

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