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Blessings

  • Those who bless Abraham and his offspring (12:2-3)

  • Land, given for the benefit of future generations as well (12:7, 13:15,17)

  • Abundant offspring (13:15-16)

  • "Increase exceedingly” (17:2,20)

  • Motherhood and mother to generations/nations (17:16)

Spiritual Communication

  • Altars (12:7-8, 13:4,18)

  • Visions (15:1,13)

  • Deep sleep/dreams (15:12)

  • Prayer/requests (15:2-8)

  • Ceremony involving animal sacrifice and walking between the pieces (15:9)

  • Prophesying (15:13)

  • Symbolism - Hashem as fire and smoke (15:17)

  • HaShem appears and speaks (17:1)

  • Male circumcision (17:10-14)

God's Actions

  • Intervenes for Sarai’s honor (12:17)

  • Afflicts Pharaoh’s household with plagues (12:7)

  • Sends messengers/Angels (16:7-12)

  • Gives new names (17:5,15)

Women-specific Notes

  • Women/wives are not included as simply things men possess (13:1, 14:16)

  • Sarai seems to be in charge of childbearing decisions (16:2)

God's Interest/Focus

  • “Exceedingly wicked and sinful towards Hashem” (13:13)

  • Trusting Hashem is considered righteousness (15:6)

  • “Walk before Me and be perfect…” (17:1)

General Notes

  • King Malchizedek (14:18)

  • Hagar looks down on Sarai after having birthed (16:4)

  • Hagar speaks to the angel by a wellspring/water (16:7-14)

  • Abram/Abraham “falls upon his face” when acknowledging God (17:3,17)

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