Genesis 1:1: independent clause or subordinate phrase

Lee R. Martin lmartin at
Wed Dec 8 09:44:11 EST 1999

Dear Somi, and others,
It is not uncommon for a verb to be bound to a construct noun forming a subordinate
clause.  Davidson lists 35 examples (§25).  Again, see GKC §130d.
Lee R. Martin

somi wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lewis Reich <lewreich at>
> To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at>
> Date: Tuesday, December 07, 1999 9:16 AM
> Subject: Re: Re[2]: Genesis 1:1: independent clause or subordinate phrase
> The traditional Jewish commentator Rashi remarks on B.:R")$IYT, commenting,
> if I recall correctly, on the occurrence in Jeremiah, but noting, in effect,
> that it means not "in the beginning", but "in the beginning of", and thus
> that the verb BfRfH, which would be appropriate if it were "in the
> beginning", should be read BRoH - in the beginning of God' creation of the
> heaven and earth, the earth was void and without form..."  as a couple of
> new translations have rendered it.
> Lewis Reich
> I would be curious to know which translations render it this way.  Also, how
> is it that BRH can be translated as a seems to be an obvious verb.
> Thus, the addition of the genitival characteristic "of" at the end does not
> seem to be given much weight when set against the context of the functioning
> of the words in the rest of the sentence.  Those are my thougts, anyway.
> Somi.
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Lee R. Martin
Pastor, Prospect Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee
Instructor in Hebrew and Old Testament
Church of God Theological Seminary

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