Genesis 12

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1 και ειπεν κυριος τω αβραμ εξελθε εκ της γης σου και εκ της συγγενειας σου και εκ του οικου του πατρος σου εις την γην ην αν σοι δειξω

2 και ποιησω σε εις εθνος μεγα και ευλογησω σε και μεγαλυνω το ονομα σου και εση ευλογητος

3 και ευλογησω τους ευλογουντας σε και τους καταρωμενους σε καταρασομαι και ενευλογηθησονται εν σοι πασαι αι φυλαι της γης

4 και επορευθη αβραμ καθαπερ ελαλησεν αυτω κυριος και ωχετο μετ' αυτου λωτ αβραμ δε ην ετων εβδομηκοντα πεντε οτε εξηλθεν εκ χαρραν

5 και ελαβεν αβραμ την σαραν γυναικα αυτου και τον λωτ υιον του αδελφου αυτου και παντα τα υπαρχοντα αυτων οσα εκτησαντο και πασαν ψυχην ην εκτησαντο εν χαρραν και εξηλθοσαν πορευθηναι εις γην χανααν και ηλθον εις γην χανααν

6 και διωδευσεν αβραμ την γην εις το μηκος αυτης εως του τοπου συχεμ επι την δρυν την υψηλην οι δε χαναναιοι τοτε κατωκουν την γην

7 και ωφθη κυριος τω αβραμ και ειπεν αυτω τω σπερματι σου δωσω την γην ταυτην και ωκοδομησεν εκει αβραμ θυσιαστηριον κυριω τω οφθεντι αυτω

8 και απεστη εκειθεν εις το ορος κατ' ανατολας βαιθηλ και εστησεν εκει την σκηνην αυτου βαιθηλ κατα θαλασσαν και αγγαι κατ' ανατολας και ωκοδομησεν εκει θυσιαστηριον τω κυριω και επεκαλεσατο επι τω ονοματι κυριου

9 και απηρεν αβραμ και πορευθεις εστρατοπεδευσεν εν τη ερημω

10 και εγενετο λιμος επι της γης και κατεβη αβραμ εις αιγυπτον παροικησαι εκει οτι ενισχυσεν ο λιμος επι της γης

11 εγενετο δε ηνικα ηγγισεν αβραμ εισελθειν εις αιγυπτον ειπεν αβραμ σαρα τη γυναικι αυτου γινωσκω εγω οτι γυνη ευπροσωπος ει

12 εσται ουν ως αν ιδωσιν σε οι αιγυπτιοι ερουσιν οτι γυνη αυτου αυτη και αποκτενουσιν με σε δε περιποιησονται

13 ειπον ουν οτι αδελφη αυτου ειμι οπως αν ευ μοι γενηται δια σε και ζησεται η ψυχη μου ενεκεν σου

14 εγενετο δε ηνικα εισηλθεν αβραμ εις αιγυπτον ιδοντες οι αιγυπτιοι την γυναικα οτι καλη ην σφοδρα

15 και ειδον αυτην οι αρχοντες φαραω και επηνεσαν αυτην προς φαραω και εισηγαγον αυτην εις τον οικον φαραω

16 και τω αβραμ ευ εχρησαντο δι' αυτην και εγενοντο αυτω προβατα και μοσχοι και ονοι παιδες και παιδισκαι ημιονοι και καμηλοι

17 και ητασεν ο θεος τον φαραω ετασμοις μεγαλοις και πονηροις και τον οικον αυτου περι σαρας της γυναικος αβραμ

18 καλεσας δε φαραω τον αβραμ ειπεν τι τουτο εποιησας μοι οτι ουκ απηγγειλας μοι οτι γυνη σου εστιν

19 ινα τι ειπας οτι αδελφη μου εστιν και ελαβον αυτην εμαυτω εις γυναικα και νυν ιδου η γυνη σου εναντιον σου λαβων αποτρεχε

20 και ενετειλατο φαραω ανδρασιν περι αβραμ συμπροπεμψαι αυτον και την γυναικα αυτου και παντα οσα ην αυτω και λωτ μετ' αυτου


Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 12      

Napsal(a) Joe David

The Inner Meaning of Genesis 12

In the previous chapter, 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. Here are some key excerpts:

AC 1401. True historical things begin here, all of which are representative, and each word significative. The things related in this chapter concerning Abram represent the Lord‘s state from earliest childhood up to youth. As the Lord was born in the same way as other men, He also advanced from an obscure state to one more lucid. "Haran" is the first state, which was obscure; " Shechem" is the second; "the oakgrove Moreh" is the third; "the mountain which had Bethel toward the sea and Ai on the east," is the fourth; and the "journey thence toward the south into Egypt," is the fifth.

AC 1402. The things told of Abram’s sojourn in Egypt represent and signify the Lord‘s first instruction. "Abram" is the Lord; " Sarai," as a wife, is truth to be adjoined to the celestial " Sarai," as a sister, is intellectual truth; "Egypt" is memory-knowledge (scientia). The progress from memory-knowledges (a scientificis) even to celestial truths is described; this was according to Divine order, that the Lord’s Human Essence might be conjoined with His Divine Essence, and at the same time become Jehovah.

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