Bereshit 12

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1 ויאמר יהוה אל־אברם לך־לך מארצך וממולדתך ומבית אביך אל־הארץ אשר אראך׃

2 ואעשך לגוי גדול ואברךך ואגדלה שמך והיה ברכה׃

3 ואברכה מברכיך ומקללך אאר ונברכו בך כל משפחת האדמה׃

4 וילך אברם כאשר דבר אליו יהוה וילך אתו לוט ואברם בן־חמש שנים ושבעים שנה בצאתו מחרן׃

5 ויקח אברם את־שרי אשתו ואת־לוט בן־אחיו ואת־כל־רכושם אשר רכשו ואת־הנפש אשר־עשו בחרן ויצאו ללכת ארצה כנען ויבאו ארצה כנען׃

6 ויעבר אברם בארץ עד מקום שכם עד אלון מורה והכנעני אז בארץ׃

7 וירא יהוה אל־אברם ויאמר לזרעך אתן את־הארץ הזאת ויבן שם מזבח ליהוה הנראה אליו׃

8 ויעתק משם ההרה מקדם לבית־אל ויט אהלה* בית־אל מים והעי מקדם ויבן־שם מזבח ליהוה ויקרא בשם יהוה׃

9 ויסע אברם הלוך ונסוע הנגבה׃ ף

10 ויהי רעב בארץ וירד אברם מצרימה לגור שם כי־כבד הרעב בארץ׃

11 ויהי כאשר הקריב לבוא מצרימה ויאמר אל־שרי אשתו הנה־נא ידעתי כי אשה יפת־מראה את׃

12 והיה כי־יראו אתך המצרים ואמרו אשתו זאת והרגו אתי ואתך יחיו׃

13 אמרי־נא אחתי את למען ייטב־לי בעבורך וחיתה נפשי בגללך׃

14 ויהי כבוא אברם מצרימה ויראו המצרים את־האשה כי־יפה הוא מאד׃

15 ויראו אתה שרי פרעה ויהללו אתה אל־פרעה ותקח האשה בית פרעה׃

16 ולאברם היטיב בעבורה ויהי־לו צאן־ובקר וחמרים ועבדים ושפחת ואתנת וגמלים׃

17 וינגע יהוה את־פרעה נגעים גדלים ואת־ביתו על־דבר שרי אשת אברם׃

18 ויקרא פרעה לאברם ויאמר מה־זאת עשית לי למה לא־הגדת לי כי אשתך הוא׃

19 למה אמרת אחתי הוא ואקח אתה לי לאשה ועתה הנה אשתך קח ולך׃

20 ויצו עליו פרעה אנשים וישלחו אתו ואת־אשתו ואת־כל־אשר־לו׃

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Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 12      

By Rev. George McCurdy

The Inner Meaning of Genesis 12

In Genesis 11, we met Abram for the first time, as his genealogy was traced down through the generations from Noah. Abram represents the beginning of a new spiritual state of humankind - a new church that would record preserve important external truths. Those external truths contained internal ones - true ideas about God the way people should live.

These external truths were encoded in stories, first preserved in oral traditions then in written scriptures in the time of Moses. In the current , Abram, goes, as commanded by God, the land of Canaan. In doing this, he effectively starts the Hebrew church (from Eber, Abraham's forebear).

All the geographic places in the land of Canaan its environs had been given spiritual significations by the people of the Most Ancient Church. In the new Word that would be written there, these places would be mentioned by name would signify spiritual ideas.

When Abraham is driven by famine in the land seek refuge in Egypt, it symbolizes a state of initial instruction for this new church. That early instruction is of an external type. Egypt, in the Word, represents scientific knowledge - the natural sciences - which teach the natural level in people.

There are two levels of "story" nested in the symbolism of the literal text. One is the spiritual story of humankind. Another, higher one, is the story of the inner spiritual process that would take place in the life of Jesus Christ. Both stories are traced out in Swedenborg's exegesis of the Word.

Here's an excerpt from his capstone work, True Christian Religion:

The Word has two senses hidden in its literal sense; these are called the spiritual the celestial senses. In the spiritual sense the contents of the Word refer chiefly the church in the celestial sense chiefly the Lord. Again in the spiritual sense its contents refer Divine truth in the celestial sense Divine good. (True Christian Religion 248)

A detailed description of the inner meaning of this chapter begins in Arcana Coelestia 1401.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 482, 1401, 1402, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1410, ...

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 413, 414


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 440, 796, 921, 1025, 1403, 1461, 1475, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 503


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 340, 654, 750

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 49

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גדול
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ברכה
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...

בן
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חמש
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שכם
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מורה
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מזבח
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שם
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פרעה
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בית
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צאן
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