MemberJanuary 5, 2021 at 12:29 am
That rendition by Collins is helpful, Thomas. Could I please have the ref (year, page no) for that? The concept of “stranger” גֵּר ger is a strong theme of the Torah (e.g. Gen 23:4; Ex 2:22; Lev 19:34; Num 15:15-16; Deut 10:19). In a time of high migration, it must have been a constant challenge to share the land and resources. The point of the 430 and 400 years (the latter a subset of the former, not a contradiction or approximation) is that despite the divine promises to Abraham right from his call in Ur, they remained strangers in other lands for many generations… and worse, were even enslaved. I gather this is intended to be encouraging to us regarding God’s timeframes for his promises.