Genesis 22:14

Hebrew Bible

12 “Do not harm the boy!” the angel said. “Do not do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God because you did not withhold your son, your only son, from me.” 13 Abraham looked up and saw behind him a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord provides.” It is said to this day, “In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.” 15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “I solemnly swear by my own name, decrees the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Neofiti Genesis 22:14


And Abraham gave thanks and prayed there, in that place, and said, I pray through the mercies that are before Thee, O Lord, before whom it is manifest that it was not in the depth of my heart to turn away from doing Thy decree with joy, that when the children of Izhak my son shall offer in the hour of affliction, this may be a memorial for them; and Thou mayest hear them and deliver them, and that all generations to come may say, In this mountain Abraham bound Izhak his son, and there the Shekina of the Lord was revealed unto him.

 Notes and References

"... Israel was commanded to love God 'with all her heart (Deuteronomy 6:5). In the targum full devotion to God is described as a 'perfect heart,' i.e. one that is completely set on God, not divided between him and created things. Palestinian Targum Genesis 22:6, 8 says that Abraham and Isaac 'walked together with a perfect heart'. After the sacrifice of the animal in Isaacs stead Abraham reminds God: 'There was no division in my heart the first time that you said to me to sacrifice my son' (Palestinian Targum Genesis 22:14), i.e. it was whole, perfect, not divided between God and creatures. At Sinai all Israel 'answered with a perfect heart' that they would obey Gods words (Palestinian Targum Exodus 19:8). Finally, in the verse preceding the command to love God with all ones heart, the twelve tribes of Jacob answered together 'with a perfect heart and said: Listen to us, Is­rael, our father the Lord our God is one' (Palestinian Targum Deuteron­omy 6:4) ..."

McNamara, Martin Targum and Testament Revisited Aramaic Paraphrases of the Hebrew Bible: A Light on the New Testament (p. 189) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010

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