Abraham (or Abram, as he is named in the beginning of his story) is one of the major characters in the story of the sacred...
Jokshan' signifies common lots of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
Ishbak' represents the common lots, or heritable divisions of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
Dedan (Gen. 10) signifies the knowledges of celestial things of an inferior order, such as consist in ritual observances. Dedan, in Jer. 49:8 signifies rituals...
'Leummim' signify the good of faith and its varieties.
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
'Keturah,' as in Genesis 25:1, signifies divine truth spiritual, conjoined to divine good spiritual.
Five also signifies all things of one part.
'Macpelah,' as in Genesis 23:17, signifies regeneration by truth, which relates to faith.
'A Hittite' in a good sense, signifies the spiritual church, or the truth of the church. The Hittites were among the upright Gentiles who were...
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...
'Sarah' denotes truth joined to good. Sarai was called 'Sarah' so she would represent the divine intellectual principle by adding the 'H' from the name...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
The Lord is perfect love expressed as perfect wisdom. He created us so that He could love us, could give us love and wisdom of...
'A handmaid' signifies the affection of rational and scientific things. 'A handmaid,' as mentioned in Genesis 30:3, signifies the affirming medium of conjoining inner truths...
Hagar, as mentioned in Genesis 16, signifies the affection of sciences of the outward self and also the life of the outer or natural self.
'Nebaioth,' as in Genesis 28, denotes good of the spiritual church.
'Kedar' or 'Arabia' signifies spiritual good. Kedar' denotes people of the Gentiles who are in simple truth. 'Arabia' signifies the same thing.
'Mibsam' means things pertaining to the spiritual church.
'Tema' represents aspects of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
Jetur' represents the spiritual church among the gentiles.
'Naphish' represents things in the spiritual church.
Kedemah' represents things of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...
'Shur,' or 'Assyria,' signifies the Lord's state when He first received instruction in matters of doctrine regarding charity and faith.
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...
'Laban' signifies the affection of good in the natural self, or the affection of external good, and properly collateral good of a common stock. The...
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...
'Rebecca,' as in Genesis 24, signifies divine truth which would be joined to divine good of the Lord’s rational mind, which is 'Isaac.'
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...
'Twins in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:24, signifies that both good and truth, represented by Esau and Jacob, were conceived together.
Why would it be insulting for a man to refer to his married partner as his “first wife”? Because it implies there will be a...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...
'Sixty' means the full time and state of the implantation of truth.
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
'Venison,' as in Genesis 26:2, signifies the truth of the natural which the good of life comes from.
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...