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Xtian Rabinovich
01-25-2015, 11:29 AM
Genesis 17:4-5 says: "As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You shall be a father of a multitude of nations; you are no longer to be called Avram, but your name is to be Avraham, for I have appointed you as father of the multitude of nations." To this verse, Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch replies:


What is the meaning of this latter phrase? To maintain that it refers to Avraham's physical descendants is difficult, for they are mentioned only in verse 6. The name "אברהם" also shows that, here, the phrase is not to be taken in the physical sense. Were אב meant to be taken literally, in the physical sense, the form of the name would be "אבהם" and the ר would be meaningless and disruptive.

Rabbi Hirsch points out that the Hebrew language used to lay out the covenant between Abraham and God precludes Abraham's physical offspring being the people of the covenant. The covenant with Abraham is not about Abraham's physical descendants.

Since Rabbi Hirsch is a physical descendant of Abraham, his revelation about the non-physical nature of the actual covenant carries great weight.

But why should any person serious about the scripture need Rabbi Hirsch to point out what is patently obvious? God establishes a covenant with Abraham whereby he will give birth to a "great" (or multitudinous) nation[s]. Rashi points out that he will be father of all the earth.

God give's Abraham a "sign" for the establishment of the covenant that will signify the fundamental essence of the covenant. He has him cut the organ through which his physical offspring (seed) will come, therein marking it with blood, so that all the world will know that the Son of the covenant will not acquire his status as the "firstborn" of the covenant by means of being a physical descendent (phallic offspring) of Abraham.

Since God knows there's going to be a prolonged period of time between the establishment of the covenant, and the birth of the firstborn Son of the covenant, he tells Abraham to mark all his natural (physical) offspring with the mark of the covenant (bleed the organ of natural posterity) so that symbolically it's patently clear that the firstborn Son of the covenant will not acquire his status as the firstborn of the covenant by means of being a natural born son of Abraham.

But the "sign" of the covenant is much more since the Jewish sages teach us that the primary symbol of the ritual circumcision (where the "sign" is etched into the flesh) is "blood." As Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman points out, the covenant is fundamentally a "covenant of blood."

Since "blood" represents "death" the "sign" of the covenant marks the death of the organ of natural posterity: it signifies emasculation.

The incredible power of the "sign" of the covenant lies in the fact that not only does it signify that none of Abraham's natural born sons will represent the firstborn of the covenant (since the covenant "sign" crosses out Abraham's natural posterity) but since the "blood" represents "death" the "sign" of the covenant symbolizes emasculation.

As such, the "sign" of the covenant proves its power and usefulness when a Son, in the Abrahamic line (Abraham's natural posterity) is born apart from the organ through which natural posterity gain their antecedence. Jesus of Nazareth is born in the line of Abraham but apart from that part of the Abrahamic body that is crossed out of the covenant.

Jesus of Nazareth is the firstborn Son of the Abrahamic covenant since there's a straight line drawn between Abraham symbolically emasculating himself and all his sons, and the one son of Abraham who ends the need for the "sign" of the covenant by reason of the fact that he fulfills the sign by being born of an emasculated pregnancy.



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