Something I missed: that back in Genesis 13 :17 God tells Abram 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”(NIV) To mark his territory. The land that would become his own.
(The Legal chazakah)
Abram has walked the land and has marked out legally all that is to become his.
Now for the covenant sign the spiritual chazakah, three between the one and two, between the pieces was an ancient Near Eastern method of “cutting a deal” or making a covenant. (Genesis 15:17-18)
Retained in (Jeremiah 34:19 ‘The princes of Judah and the princes of Jerusalem, the officers and the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf.”)
N.B it was for the less powerful party to walk between the divided pieces, indicating that one’s fate would be that of the cut pieces were he to violate the terms of the covenant.
Notice, it is not Abram who walks between the pieces but God! “When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, Genesis 15:17,18 “(NIV)
Are we to undestand then, that God considers himself to the be the less powerful one? Does this mean that God is binding (covenanting) Godself /Himself to the Jewish people? God is binding Himself to a nation, (though not yet Israel.)
If God fails to keep His covenant then he would be split in two like these carcassess.
Since we have determined Abram was no Hebrew and had spent some years in Egypt and is still understanding his world through ancient Near Eastern eyes. This covenant, set in circumstances understood by Abram, points forward to the covenant with Israel, spoken of by Jeremiah, (31:31-34) he records that this Law, (Covenant) this Torah, will be written on everyones heart. This is the Eternal Torah Noe was supposed to have read.
Earlier I mentioned that everyone would like to see God in his(story), here, I think I am watching the writers of Genesis do just that. Draw God into their Story. With God Covenanting Himself to proto-Israel via proto-Patriarch Abram, they transformed the Omnicient, Omipotent, Onipresent God into a Watcher and a Seal. A Watcher because he walked between the parts and a Seal of the Promises he made to Abram and his seed for ever.
The Israelite historians have plucked even the strings of God to serve their needs. Create for Israel a History via marvelous deeds and power of which even God himself would be proud. Read Rashi on this Covenant by the ones who created Israel, 9,10,11they ought to know! Seriously though the Abramic story was not spoken of in Hebrew nor even written down, since the Hebrews possibly learnt to do that in Egypt.
The Bible is written in the Hebrew of the Scriptures -see below-with all the Hebraic idioms, double entendre, gematria, Jots and Tittles etal. with which they had their God speak to them.
O.K. if you stopped to listen, I have had the Lyrics running through my mind as I have been attempting to put this together. We used to sing it a long time ago when my children 9 and 10 years of age.
Biblical Hebrew (עִבְרִית מִקְרָאִית Ivrit Miqra’it or לְשׁוֹן הַמִּקְרָא Leshon ha-Miqra), also called Classical Hebrew, is an archaic form of Hebrew, a Canaanite Semitic language spoken by the Israelites in the area known as Israel, roughly west of the Jordan River and east of the Mediterranean Sea. The term “Hebrew” was not used for the language in the Bible, which was referred to as שפת כנען(language of Canaan) or יהודית (Judaean, Judahite), but the name was used in Greek and Mishnaic Hebrew texts.
Hebrew is attested epigraphically from about the 10th century BCE, and spoken Hebrew persisted through and beyond the Second Temple period, which ended in the siege of Jerusalem (CE 70). It eventually developed into Mishnaic Hebrew, spoken until the second century CE.