Genesis 18:1
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1  Hashem appeared to him by the terebinths of Mamre; he was sitting at the entrance of the tent as the day grew hot.

va-yay-RA ay-LAV a-do-NAI b’-ay-lo-NAY mam-RAY v’-HU yo-SHAYV pe-takh ha-O-hel k’-KHOM ha-YOM

א  וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם׃

 18:1   By the terebinths of Mamre

Terebinth tree at Nachal Sanin

Mamre was the name of Avraham’s ally (Genesis 14:13). Rashi explains that of his three allies, Mamre was the only one who supported the idea of circumcision, and it was for this reason that Hashem reveals himself to Avraham in his territory. This teaches us an important lesson: A person should choose to live in a place conducive to spiritual growth. Choosing to live in the Land of Israel means choosing an environment that can foster a person’s spiritual development and relationship with God.

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  • At this time God makes circumcision a "mark in the flesh", confirming His Covenant promises to Abraham. To give to his descendants " the promised land" forever. Circumcision would become a badge, a highly regarded "sign" for the Jewish people. God's intent was a " cutting away of the flesh", ruling over the heart, letting the " faith spirit " heart, rule the person. Putting God first, before the flesh desires. " Abraham's hospitality ". In Heb. we are told, to be hospitable for you never know if your serving an angel, or in a sense, Jesus. It is interesting the meal was not Kosher. 18:16-17 Lord here = Jehovah, a manifestation of Jesus, so it's, in my humble opinion, Jesus who actually speaks to Abraham, because NO MAN has seen the Father, and here Abraham calls God- Jehovah=the judge of the world, and asks about the righteous being judged along with the wicked.

    • Circumcision was so highly regarded by the Jewish Nation that when Shechem defiled Dinah, Simeon and Levi first required that ALL the men of Shechem be circumcised, and while they were still recovering the brothers slew ALL the men of Shechem with the sword. Also, after King Saul was fatally wounded by the un- circumsised Philistines, he requested his armour bearer to slay him by the sword so he wouldn't be abused by the un- circumsised. It was thee " sign" of the Covenant that God DID give ALL, the complete " Promised Land" to Israel, an Everlasting Covenant.

  • In chapter 18 and v 8 we read that 'curd, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.' I thought that milk and meat were not eaten together.

    • Phyllis, you are correct that it is forbidden to eat milk and meat together. However, this incident took place before the Torah and its laws were given, so having milk and meat at the same meal would not have been a problem. There is a tradition that Abraham kept the laws of the Torah even though the Torah had not been given yet. Commentators who follow that opinion explain that Abraham first gave them milk and then the meat, or he prepared and served both and gave them the choice to eat either the dairy or the meat.

  • It is my understanding that the "Valley of Hebron" is a misnomer. Hebron isn't a valley. It's a city built on a hill. Since there appear to be many hills in this area, does this phrase refer to the valleys below the city?


Genesis 18:1

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