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...
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has six different common words which are generally translated as "wife," which largely overlap but have different nuances. Swedenborg...
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...
Jokshan' signifies common lots of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
'Medan' signifies common lots of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom.
Ishbak' represents the common lots, or heritable divisions of the Lord's spiritual kingdom.
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,"...
'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...
'Isaac' represents spiritual love. 'Isaac,' in Genesis 17:19, signifies the rational divine. 'Isaac' signifies the Lord's divine rational in reference to divine good. Isaac' signifies...
The gift which Abraham gave to the sons of the concubines which he had, as in Genesis 25:6, signifies lots in the Lord's spiritual kingdom....
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...
Five also signifies all things of one part.
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...
Ephron (Gen. 23:8, 17) signifies those with whom the good and truth of faith, which are the constituents of the church, might be received.
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
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.
'Mibsam' means things pertaining to the spiritual church.
'Tema' represents aspects of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
'Naphish' represents things in the spiritual church.
Kedemah' represents things of the spiritual church among the Gentiles.
'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,...
'Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 10:28, signifies a ritual of the church called Eber. 'The land of Havilah,' as mentioned in Genesis 2:11, signifies the...
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
'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...
To 'intreat' denotes humiliation.
'The time of the heathen,' as mentioned in Ezekiel 30:3, signifies the heathen, or wickedness.
'Womb,' as in Genesis 49:25, signifies the conjunction of good and truth. The term 'belly' is used where truths are being discussed, and the term...
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...
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...
'Rebecca,' as in Genesis 24, signifies divine truth which would be joined to divine good of the Lord’s rational mind, which is 'Isaac.'
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.
Esau (Gen. 28:5, etc.) signifies the truth of good in the natural principle. Esau (Gen. 32:3) signifies celestial good in the natural principle.
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...
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...