The thigh the literal thigh was chosen as a sacrificial portion of animals. הַדָּבָ֖ר had·dā·ḇār Article Noun - masculine singular A word, a matter, thing, a cause - And the servant understanding the nature of his mission, and feeling satisfied on the points that impinged upon his conscience put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter - to be true to his master and his mission, and to the hope and promise of the covenant. In a bride it was a token of her reverence and subjection to her husband. Although, as Adam Clarke pointed out, we may tend to feel a bit squeamish about discussing the particulars of this swearing process as practiced by these ancient patriarchs, we can nevertheless perceive the beauty of the message conveyed thereby. However, the usage is more precise than ours.
Consequently, I take fresh confidence in the words of a hymn: It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me. It has sometimes been interpreted as swearing upon, or touching, the testicles. Both the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money must be circumcised. Abraham's servant thankfully acknowledges the good success he had met with. According to the Ibn Ezra it means the thigh literally. This makes some amount of sense for many of the same reasons that circumcision makes sense. It sounds strange to us today, and one immediately wonders if there was some sort of cultural practice regarding swearing oaths and hands under thighs.
Oaths are but words, and words but wind. Rather than the penis, he believes the thigh refers to swearing upon the testicles. One Jewish web site declared, According to Rashi, based on the Midrash Rabbah, it does not mean literally the thigh, it means the Milah the organ of circumcision. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. I personally had experience with that and know that the spirit attaches to the body in that location.
Abraham's servant devoutly acknowledged God. However, I do think that for the advanced mature reader, understanding the significance of such an oath is very powerful if not a bit awkward. Paul again referred to this command in Romans and … Galatians. I can't, I'm already married. I dont agree with the analysis that you give.
This had nothing to do with procreative parts. The first movement in this matrimonial arrangement is on the part of the father, who does not consult his son, but the chief manager of his household affairs. Therefore, Abraham called for the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had Gen. It is interesting to note that the act of circumcision was performed on slaves also. Isaac was well employed when he met Rebekah. The tassels have significance and where on the garment the name is inscribed corresponds to something about the tassels. His girlfriend was sitting right next to him and he still did it! In the same way not every instance of the word 'thigh' necessarily refers to the same thing.
We find similar oath taking in the ancient courts of Rome, where a man was required to take hold of the aforementioned, with his right hand and swear an oath to tell the absolute truth before the court. Indeed, some biblical commentators through the centuries have found this so troubling, and even disgusting, that they've refused to discuss or even mention it in their commentaries. A new article is posted at least once a week, but we send out our Newsletter only a couple of times a month to notify everyone of the newest items posted. Using any combination of these understandings of Jewish mysticism as applied to the thigh would indicate that, let's say, placing your hand on another's thigh for an oath would bring victory in the promise that you are making the Genesis examples above and glory in instances involving priests or the Messiah in that glory is always for God and his kingdom. I have dealt with the Cornelius account in some depth in the following articles, to which I would refer the reader: Cornelius and Balaam's Ass: Was this Godly Centurion as Damned as a Donkey prior to his Baptism? Remarks such as exceedingly fruitful exceedingly numerous and ancestor of a multitude of nations raises the question whether circumcision was believed to increase virility or have aphrodisiac effects. In the case of Abraham and Jacob, the family was blessed by God Himself Genesis 15:5; 28:14.
I have posed the following question to many of my brethren, and for the most part have only received vague answers. Yes, a revolting thought; yet, it's in the Bible, so there must be some point being made and some lesson to be learned, which we shall seek to discern in this study. Circumcision has been used as a basis of identification and discrimination. The word yarek is sometimes interpreted as lap. After all, by the time of Jesus, cultures has blended and changed many times over.
Was this practice of swearing upon ones head a distant descendant from the pre-exile practice? Matthew 5:34-36 In this quote, Jesus is telling the assembled not to swear false oaths. The fourth pronoun in the series, not referred to in the question, is Thou which is like I, you, we, they, he and she. He was instilling in his servant the grave importance that Abraham himself invested in what was being demanded of his servant. One thousand times as much money and life? I then measured from tip of my head to tip of my finger and found that it is exactly the golden mean of my body. Circumcision is a sign that points to the promised Seed of Redemption, originating in the promise of Genesis 3:15. Here the term elder approaches its official signification. Being Jews, Jesus and his followers did so too.
It is also a timely confirmation regarding a message I have prepared for this Sunday titled So Great A Salvation. Eliezer of Damascus, upwards of half a century previous regarded as heir presumptive to Abraham's house , is commonly considered the official meant, though the point is of no importance - Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: and I will make thee swear. This text clearly declares the deity of Jesus Christ, our God, Savior and Redeemer. I'm a guy, I do this on dates that are going well, and it's a very effective way to gauge where you stand in a less intrusive way than a kiss or other overt physical gesture. There is one other possibility: perhaps the thigh really does have some special importance to the early Hebrews.
After Abraham nursed him back to health, he told the runaway that he was free to leave, but Eliezer, who was born to serve, vowed never to leave Abraham, having finally found a worthy Master. And yet, there are only two examples where an oath is sworn on a thigh, both in Genesis. I thank you for taking the time to comment on this article. This is also the opinion of the Rashbam and the Chizkuni. . This is all conjecture, of course.