In a grand annunciation scene, hovering between dream and revelation, God leads Abraham outdoors and says, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them…. So shall thy seed be” (Gen. 15:5). 1 To envision an abstract concept such as nation requires poetic power, a metaphoric leap that would make the transition from one to a multitude more tangible. Abraham, at this point in his life, finds it difficult to imagine even the birth of a single heir (old and childless as he is), but God demands that he step out of the tent into the night and envision the coming birth of an entire nation. The sight of stars sown in the vast expanses of the sky is construed as a key to understanding the future image of Abraham's seed. But much remains unknown. The metaphor does not solve the riddle of the nation to be but rather opens it through a broadening of horizons. 2 God challenges Abraham to count the stars only to prove that it is an impossible task, for the stars reveal themselves as unfathomable, infinite. The stars, however, are but a preliminary guiding metaphor.