Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sat Feb 3 05:23:22 EST 2001

Well, I disagree with both of your renderings, for reasons which were
discussed exhaustively on this list a few months ago. So let's not get into
this argument about the meaning of Gen 1:1 again. There are enough thousands
of verses in the Bible that we need to get past the first one.

Peter Kirk

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan D. Safren [mailto:yon_saf at]
Sent: 02 February 2001 12:26
To: Biblical Hebrew
Subject: Re: begin-title/end-title

Same thing, no?
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Israel
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ashley Crane" <acrane at>
To: "Jonathan D. Safren" <yon_saf at>; "Biblical Hebrew"
<b-hebrew at>
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: begin-title/end-title

> Hi Jonathan
> Others have it - In the beginning of God's creating...
> Ashley
> > Gen. 2:4a yes; Gen. 2:4b no, because it is the incipit to the second
> > creation narrative, paralleling in structure the incipit to the first
> story
> > in Gen. 1:1. There, the first words should be understood as "When God
> began
> > to create. So already Rashi, later Umberto Cassuto and many moderns.

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