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Metaphysical meaning of Timnath-heres (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Timnath-heres (mbd)
Timnath-heres, tim'-nath - he'-res (Heb.)--portion of Heres; portion of the sun.

A city in the hill country of Ephraim. It was the home and burial place of Joshua (Judg. 2:9).

Meta. As an individual, under the leadership of some central ideal such as Joshua signifies, succeeds in bringing all his faculties and forces into subservience to this central ideal, the ideal itself seems to die or to be merged into the general activity of his being as a whole (Joshua died and was buried at Timnath-heres). Thus light is diffused to a greater degree throughout one's being. This is the portion of the sun, or portion of Heres.

When the central idea is absorbed by the being the individual becomes doubly fruitful (a meaning of Ephraim: Joshua was an Ephraimite, and Timnath-heres was in the hill country of Ephraim) and his consciousness of creative power is greatly increased. (Timnath-serah, the more correct name of this city, and meaning fruitful, productive, a multiplying portion, portion of redundancy, carries out this same idea.) In this state of greatly increased consciousness of creative power it is not long before there is a great accumulation of new forces, and unless they are definitely directed the individual encounters difficulties and is likely to be drawn back into materiality. One should be very watchful to avoid the condition that later overcame the Israelites, who drifted into idolatry and worshiped Baal and other heathen gods.

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