Genesis 23, Why did he want to make a point of buying the field?

Question: Why did Abraham tell the elders to talk to Ephron when he was sitting right there? Why did he want to make a point of buying the field? Answer: The whole transaction may seem strange to us, but it was the normal method or conducting business for them. They would conduct business at the city gate, elders and leaders of the city would be there as witnesses to the transactions. So this was a normal method of negotiating a contract, purchase, or other business. Consider Ruth 4:1-12 for another example of handling business this way. -PJ