An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 12 of 304
prophecy will be found in An Alphabetical Analysis under the headings
Hebrews2; Philippians3; and the Prize3, which should be read, and the
articles in this prophetic analysis like Millennial Studies9 should be
So far as the Divine Record is concerned, Abraham was the first man to
have his original name changed.
'Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be
Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee' (Gen. 17:5).
The names found in Scripture from Adam to Abram remained unchanged, and
it is in harmony with the new element of that faith which believes in God
that quickeneth the dead, that the names of both Abram and Sarai should be
changed to Abraham and Sarah, in each case associated with the revivification
as it were of those who were 'as good as dead'.  We shall therefore not be
surprised to learn, though Israel has never yet possessed all the land of
promise, that they will do so in the days to come.  The name 'Israel' is the
new name given to Jacob (Gen. 35:10 -11) in association with the promise of
seed and land.  The burial place of Sarah originally named Kirjath -arba was
known as Hebron, meaning a 'Company' and so 'Fellowship' (Gen. 23:2).  And in
the days of prophetic fulfilment the land so often termed 'Forsaken' or
'Desolate' shall be called Hephzi -bah 'My delight is in her', and Beulah
'married' (Isa. 62:4).  The name Abraham occurs in the Old Testament 173
times and in the New Testament 74 times.  While the name occurs in Paul's
epistles written before Acts 28, twenty -nine times, it is never mentioned by
him in any epistle written after that Dispensational Boundary. (See
To set forth adequately the influence of Abraham in the Scriptures,
would entail the incorporation of many themes that have been tabulated under
separate titles.  This use of cross -references must be resorted to if we are
to keep within the demands both of space and of cost.  We therefore leave the
Patriarch with these brief indications of his relationship with things to
come, and pass to other, yet connected subjects.