The Vatar Covenant

6a00d8345263cd69e200e54f6389fa8834-800wiUntil the day breathe, 

and the shadows flee away, 

turn, my beloved,

 and be thou like a gazelle or a young hart upon the mountains of spices. Song 2:17

That last word spices is actually vatarVatar/bater is usually a verb and means separation, to cut in two, or split.  Here it is a noun and is referring to the inviolable ceremonial vatar covenant, which is made by passing between split carcasses [Gen 15 c.f. Jer. 34:18-19].  These animal are not considered as sacrifices, but rather blood witnesses, which means that if the covenant is not honored then those participating are to be like the animals. Continue reading