15:9 The Lord 1 said to him, “Take for me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” 15:10 So Abram 2 took all these for him and then cut them in two 3 and placed each half opposite the other, 4 but he did not cut the birds in half. 15:11 When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
1 tn Heb “He”; the referent (the
2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Abram) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Heb “in the middle.”
4 tn Heb “to meet its neighbor.”
sn For discussion of this ritual see G. F. Hasel, “The Meaning of the Animal Rite in Genesis 15,” JSOT 19 (1981): 61-78.