Why did God Choose Abraham over Job?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in The Patriarchs' Saga

Avraham (Abraham) and Iyov (Job) were righteous men, but why did God choose Abraham over Job? Both Avraham and Iyov were descendants of Shem and both were found righteous men (Gen 15:6 and Iyov 1:1), but God chose Avraham to make him a father of many nations as He told Avraham, not Iyov, to leave his land to make His Covenant with him. Iyov was known in Israel as a recognized righteous man, for Ezekiel and Ya’akov (Eze_14:14, Jam_5:11) wrote about him. He was as...

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Jacob Wrestled with an Angel. The Consequence of Struggling with YHVH

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in The Patriarchs' Saga

Something odd happened when Ya’akov (Jacob) remained alone that night: Jacob wrestled with an angel until the breaking of the day. What did exactly happen when Jacob wrestle with an angel of YHVH? Was that wrestling at all? Twenty years went by and Ya’akov left the land of Paddan Aram where he served Lavan his father-in-law (Gen 31:41). He headed for the land of Canaan with all his household, servants, and livestock. On his way the messengers of Elohim joined...

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Did YHVH Tell Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in The Messiah, The Patriarchs' Saga

In the story of the banishment of Ishmael in Genesis 21, YHVH told Avraham that in his son Yitschak (Isaac) his seed was called (Gen 21:12), but in Gen 22:2, YHVH seems to have turned the promise upside down when He told Avraham to sacrifice him. And in the culmination of the story in Gen 22:12, it seems that YHVH had “changed” His mind again when He told him not to sacrifice Yitschak thus having created another internal challenge for Avraham. We thus see that...

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The Father and Mother of Many Nations

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in The Patriarchs' Saga

Avraham and Sarah have become father and mother of many nations by the promise of YHVH, who said, And no longer is your name called Avram, but your name shall be Avraham, because I shall make you a father of many nations. And I shall make you exceedingly fruitful, and make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. (Gen 17:5-6) Avram in Hebrew, אַבְרָם, is an acronym of av ram, and is a contracted form of another Hebrew name, אֲבִירָם aviram: אָב av, father and the verb...

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How Old was Isaac When Abraham Offered Him?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in The Patriarchs' Saga

 From the popular Bible movies we got used to see the little Isaac carrying a bunch of dry sticks before he was offered for sacrifice. But how old was he? Can we know? The Torah tells us that Yitshak (Isaac) was old enough to walk, to observe the world around him, to reason for himself, and to carry a bundle of cut wood up a fairly rugged and steep mountain for three days. And last but not least, he was also old enough to be responsible for his actions and decisions. Per...

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Really Ishmael Mocked the Little Isaac?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Prophecy Insight, The Patriarchs' Saga

Most if not all translations say that Ishmael, the son of Avraham from the Egyptian Hagar, “mocked” the little Yitschak (Isaac), while JPS renders the verb in question as “making sport”. But what did really happen between Ishmael and Yitschak? Are the translation correct to say that Ishmael mocked Isaac? Did he just mock, or there is something we misread? We read, And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking....

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Did God Lie to Avraham?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Hebrew Study, The Patriarchs' Saga

 The question “Did God lie to Avraham?” may seem an absurd, but as we will learn below, we indeed have the reason to ask it when we read a verse like this, And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my master being old too?” And Yehovah said to Avraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I truly have a child, since I am old?’  (Gen 18:12-13) וַתִּצְחַ֥ק and mocked שָׂרָ֖ה Sarah בְּקִרְבָּ֣הּ within herself לֵאמֹ֑ר...

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