Gen 1:2

Tony Costa tmcos at
Wed Aug 22 21:09:14 EDT 2001

Dear Friends,

  I was just thinking about Gen 1:2 with regards to RuaCH 'eLoHiYM. Is 
'eLoHiYM used here without the definite article an adjective or still a 
noun? While most translations render this verse "the Spirit of God", a few 
have rendered it "an awesome wind". The NWT (New World Translation of the 
Holy Scriptures) published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of 
Jehovah's Witnesses render it God's "active force". Can someone comment on 
why the preferred reading is "Spirit of God" in this passage, and would 
"active force" as used in the NWT be a faithful translation of the original 
Hebrew? Many thanks.

                                              Tony Costa

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