Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Avram went down further to Negev. Then he went to Egypt. Egypt in Hebrew is Mizraim. It is the name of one of Ham's sons, isn't it? Ham is one of Noah's sons.

Then after Egypt, the scriptures say this:
Genesis 13 (King James Version)
1And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

Some translations said he went to the Negev. It used to confuse me because Negev is north of Egypt. Then found out that Negev means south!

Lot had a lot of animals, too, so he departed from Abram. Abram is so nice. He let Lot choose his land. Lot chose east and journeyed on. The LORD spoke to Abram after Lot (= 'covering') left, saying, 'Lift up your eyes and look...'.

The Jewish people call the gentiles 'Goym'. It actually means a nation. I still don't get it because it looks like sometimes it means simply a nation and most of the time it means gentiles. How do you know which translation to use? I am not sure. When God made a promise to Abram, saying that God will make him a great nation(12:2), the original word is this 'goym'. Does it mean that God was including everyone? ( I mean, I know anyone who believes is included, but I just wondered if the Jewish people understand this part I wonder if it is tied to Paul's letter to the Galatians. He said in his letter that
the scriptures looked forward to this time when God would accept the gentiles, too, on the basis of their faith.

In Gen 14:1, four kings are mentioned. Some translations says different things. The original word for the fourth nation is "goym". Some translations says "the king of Goiim." Some translations say the king of the nations. This is interesting.

Avram the Hebrew
Then there was a war. Four kings against five kings. The latter group included infamous Sodom and Gomorrah, and they lost. Lot was living in Sodom and was in trouble. One person escaped and went to "Abram the Hebrew." Avram is called the Hebrew for the first time.. Hebrew, according to The Complete Word Study Old Testament, means descendants of Eber. Eber is Shem (Noah's son)'s great grand son. Eber means to cross over.

Gen 10:21
Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were [children] born.

I wonder why Eber is so significant.??

tithes and circumcision
This is still the pre-law era.
Avram gave tithes---God appeared and made a promise ---Abram believed, so God counted it to him for righteousness---THEN circumcision AS a token of the covenant between God and Abram.

Here are some interesting verses to read together: this (Genesis 17) and this (Galatians 5).

If Paul's letter was in Hebrew, I wonder if we would see any wordplay in it.

Ishmael is also circumcised.

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