Gen 1:1 "When God began to create"?

Bill Ross wross at
Tue Aug 29 22:46:16 EDT 2000

The Hebrew Bible does not have creatio ex nihilo.

I heard that beree'shiyt had an intrinsic meaning of "create" whereas the
subsequent word was "formed". Is this true? As you may have seen in my other
post, I think some of the wording lends toward reading this record to be of
a renewal, but the meaning of beree'shiyt seemed to militate against that.

Bill Ross

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