God as a Torch

Walter Mattfeld mattfeld at mail.pjsnet.com
Thu Jan 17 10:24:33 EST 2002

Dear Eric,

I have posited that the Torch is symbolic of God's presence, and that it is
God himself as a torch passing between the bodies of the animals, swearing
an oath to Abraham. The gods were spoken of at times as "Torches". Cf. my
article titled "Fiery Gods,"

All the best, Walter

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld
Walldorf by Heidelberg
Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Hill" <bhebrew at hotmail.com>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 9:38 PM
Subject: Gen 15:17

> I'm looking for a more detailed description of the "smoking firepot with a
> blazing torch" (NIV) or  "smoking furnace, and a flaming torch" (JPS) that
> is spoken of here in Gen 15:17. Are they described as two different items
> in Hebrew? Was the torch fueling the smoking furnace? I know it seems like
> an odd question, but it's very difficult for me to picture in my mind. I'd
> like to get some idea of what Abraham was seeing. Any help would be great.
> Thank you.

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