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‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:2 “But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

9 chapters and some decades later, Abraham wants to find a wife for Issac.

Genesis 24:2

So Abraham instructed the chief servant of his household, who managed all he owned, “Place your hand under my thigh,

Is this Eliezer?

This servant is the main actor in Genesis 24 but he is never formally introduced in this chapter. Instead, he is referred to and sometimes awkwardly as "servant" 13 times and as "the man" 8 times. There seems to be a deliberate effort to hide his name. Why?

33Then a meal was set before the man, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I came to say.”

So Laban said, “Please speak.”

34“I am Abraham’s servant,” he replied.

In real life, did he not introduce himself to Laban? Why is it that it is not recorded in scripture?

A related question is Who was Abraham's servant that went on the quest to find a wife for Isaac?

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  • “But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:2‬ ‭because we know his name already – Nihil Sine Deo Feb 16 at 15:46
  • Good point. I added. – Tony Chan Feb 16 at 15:57
  • Because he was a fore-shadow, that is, a ‘type’ of the Holy Spirit. (The Holy Spirit never draws attention to himself) – Dave Feb 16 at 17:18
  • Good comment. Would you elaborate this into an answer? – Tony Chan Feb 16 at 17:20
  • Up-voted +1. Good question. Yes, many see the unnamed servant as the service of either John the Baptist (camel's drinking up water/water filling stone pots) or the Holy Spirit in regeneration. Eleven men have their feet washed, a remarkable feature. (Follow the camels, they come from Egypt.) – Nigel J Feb 17 at 16:48

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