Genesis 15:7

Hebrew Bible

5 The Lord took him outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars—if you are able to count them!” Then he said to him, “So will your descendants be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord credited it as righteousness to him. 7 The Lord said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess. 8 But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, by what can I know that I am to possess it?” 9 The Lord said to him, “Take for me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”

Neofiti Genesis 15:7


And he brought him outside and said: “Look, now, at the heavens, and count the stars if you are able to count them.” And he said to him: “Thus shall be the descendants of your sons.” And Abram believed in the name of the Memra of the Lord and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. And he said to him: “I am the Lord who brought you out of the furnace of fire of the Chaldaeans to give you this land to inherit it.” And he said: ‘“I beseech by the mercies that are before you, how, I pray, will I know, that I shall inherit it?”

 Notes and References

"... This reasonable supposition (backed up by Isaiah 29:22) that the Chaldeans might have sought to harm Abraham because of his beliefs soon took on a new form. For, the city in which Abraham and his family lived was called Ur. But the word 'ur' in Hebrew had another meaning as well: 'fire' or 'flame.' Ancient readers of the Bible could not help concluding that this was no mere coincidence. And so, when God later says to Abraham: 'I am the Lord who took you out of [the] ur of the Chaldeans' many interpreters found in these words a hidden meaning, a hint about some fire or burning that had taken place in Ur and from which God had in fact saved Abraham, taking him from the midst of the flames ..."

Kugel, James L. The Bible as it Was (p. 143) Harvard University Press, 1998

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