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The Moral Value of the Patriarchs’ Testament
The Moral Value of the Patriarchs’ Testament

Author(s): Ioan-Gheorghe Rotaru
Subject(s): Biblical studies, Pastoral Theology
Published by: Scientia Moralitas Research Institute
Keywords: blessing; patriarchs; prophet; moral value;
Summary/Abstract: The blessing of the patriarchs was not a gift from them to their descendants, was not sharing their wealth to their descendants, but the patriarchal blessing represented the gift of God, namely, what God the Creator was transmitting to those children through their father, the patriarch. Thus, the patriarchs, through the blessings offered to their children, look beyond the reality of the nearest timeline, in the future, thus having a future projection over their descendants regarding a place where they would live and a way of life that they would have. Another aspect of patriarchal blessing was the Creator's intention that through the blessing given to Jacob's children, everyone would eventually benefit from these blessings. The patriarchal blessings remained for posterity placed in the book of Christianity, the Holy Scripture, blessings that include a moral ethic, and as long as these precepts were respected, they were generators of peace, tranquility, harmony, happiness and prosperity. Patriarchal blessings also refer to a lifestyle. As long as the mentioned sanitary rules were respected, the people were exempted from a lot of diseases and they were happy. The purpose of the patriarchal blessings, as promised to Abraham, was that in the end the blessings would reverse over the entire world. Abraham was told: "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 26: 4).

  • Page Range: 105-114
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English