|William Dyce's oil painting of Eliezer (1860) is on permanent exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.|
Alice C. Linsley
Who was Eliezer of Damascus? Many have wondered about his identity and his importance. According to Genesis 24 he was the oldest of Abraham's servants or viziers and he governed Abraham's household. Some commentators believe that he is the servant that Abraham sent to Paddan-aram to procure a cousin (or niece) wife for Isaac. As Isaac was a Horite ruler, he already would have had a half-sister wife in Beersheba. According to the Horite marriage and ascendancy structure, the second wife was taken shortly before the heir ascended to the throne of his father. This explains Abraham's urgency to acquire a cousin or niece bride for Isaac.