Giving of the Torah

Marian Stefaniu (
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 19:42:51 -0500

We know from our sages that Hashem has offered the Torah to other nations
before offering it to Am Isroel. Others have either rejected it or tried
to "negotiate" parts of it. Only Israel accepted it unconditionally.

I would appreciate some references, or personal insights on 3 questions
related to the above statements:
1) Where did our sages find some hints in the written Torah with regard to
the above statements (i.e. the offering of Torah to other nations) ?
2) Which were the other nations ?
3) Why did Hashem find it appropriate to offer the Torah first to other
nations, after having prepared Am Isroel through the three Great Patriarhs
and the years of suffering in Egypt ?

Shalom le kulam