God's Covenant with Abraham

Jan Goeree and A. de Blois, God’s Covenant with Abraham, circa 1700. Engraving from History of the Old and New Testament by David Martin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photograph courtesy of Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta.

David Martin (1639–1721) was a French Protestant theologian who wrote and published a two-volume History of the Old and New Testament in 1700. The text was illustrated by Netherlandish engravers Jan Goeree (1670–1731) and A. de Blois (birthdate unknown). Seen here is an illustration from the volume on the Old Testament. At the bottom right edge of the composition, Abraham’s hooded figure is seen sleeping. The presence of God, symbolized by the smoking chimney and flaming torch, envelops the split carcasses of sacrificed animals—thus sealing the covenant between God and Abraham (Gen 15:7-21).  The reward for Abraham’s fealty is seen in the night sky in the upper right—numerous stars representing Abrahams’ many descendants.
Jan Goeree and A. De Blois, God

A collection of first-century Jewish and early Christian writings that, along with the Old Testament, makes up the Christian Bible.

Also called the Hebrew Bible, those parts of the canon that are common to both Jews and Christians. The designation "Old Testament" places this part of the canon in relation to the New Testament, the part of the Bible canonical only to Christians. Because the term "Old Testament" assumes a distinctly Christian perspective, many scholars prefer to use the more neutral "Hebrew Bible," which derives from the fact that the texts of this part of the canon are written almost entirely in Hebrew.

Writing, speech, or thought about the nature and behavior of God.

Gen 15:7-21

7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”8But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know tha ... View more

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