Exodus 29:43

Hebrew Bible

42 “This will be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you to speak to you there. 43 There I will meet with the Israelites, and it will be set apart as holy by my glory. 44 “So I will set apart as holy the tent of meeting and the altar, and I will set apart as holy Aaron and his sons that they may minister as priests to me. 45 I will reside among the Israelites, and I will be their God, 46 and they will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out from the land of Egypt, so that I may reside among them. I am the Lord their God.

Neofiti Exodus 29:43


42 It shall be a continual holo caust throughout your generations at the door of the tent of meeting, before the Lord, where I will meet you, to speak with you there. 43 And I—my Memra—will meet the children of Israel there, and it will be sanctified within my Glory. 44 And I will sanctify the tent of meeting and the altar, and Aaron and his sons I will sanctify to minister before mer in the high priesthood. 45 And I will make my Shekinahs dwell in the midst of the children of Israel, and my Memra will be for them a redeeming God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt so that the Glory of my Shekinah might dwell among them. I the Lord, their God.

 Notes and References

"... In contrast, after his discovery of the first complete manuscript of the Palestinian Targum, and slightly before McNamara, Alejandro Diez Macho had argued for the close connection of the Memra so widely occurring in this text with the Logos of the Fourth Gospel. In all of the Palestinian Aramaic translations of the Bible, the term Memra-as a translation of various terms which in the Hebrew either simply mean God or are names of God-is legion and theologically highly significant, because these usages parallel nearly exactly the functions of the Logos, the deuteros theos [second god] in Logos theology. We find the Memra working as the Logos works in the following ways: Creating: Genesis 1:3: 'And the Memra' said Let there be light and there was Light by his Memra.' In all of the following verses, it is the Memra that performs all of the creative actions. Speaking to humans: Genesis 3:8 ff: 'And they heard the voice of the Memra of H'.... And the Memra of H' called out to the Man. Revealing himself Gen 18:1: 'And was revealed to him the Memra of H'.' Punishing the wicked: Gen 19:24 'And the Memra of H' rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah.' Saving: Exodus 17:21: 'And the Memra' was leading them during the day in a pillar of cloud.' Redeeming: Deuteronomy 32:39: 'When the Memra' shall be revealed to redeem his people.' These examples lead inductively to the conclusion that the Memra performs many, if not all, of the functions of the Logos of Christian Logos theology (as well as of Wisdom), and an a priori case can be made, therefore, for some kind of connection between these two, after all, etymologically cognate entities in non-rabbinic Judaism ..."

Boyarin, Daniel The Gospel of the Memra: Jewish Binitarianism and the Prologue to John (pp. 243-284) Cambridge University Press, 2001

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