Gen 1:2 "was"/"became"

Lee R. Martin lmartin at
Wed Sep 6 08:51:11 EDT 2000

Bryan Rocine wrote:

> b.  But the earth had become tohu and bohu.

Dear Bryan,
It is my understanding that HaYaH means "was," not "became."  In order for HaYaH to
mean "became" (in the transitive sense of a change of attributes) doesn't it have to
be followed by the prep. L? e.g. Gen. 2:7; 2:10; 48:19; 1Sa 4:9; Ex 4:3; Josh 7:5,
etc.  Can you show examples otherwise?


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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