TOHUW WA BOHUW, Gen & Jer. (hyth)

Jason A. Hare language_lover64801 at
Thu Apr 4 03:35:48 EST 2002

Just a small addition.  When this argument was raised before (in casual
discussion with some friends), I brought this up:

If Genesis 1.2 had been intended to mean "became," the author would (most
likely) have written - V'ha'aretz hayetah l'tohu vavohu.

In other words, if the author was meaning to specify that the earth
"became" Tohu and Bohu, he would have used the L- preposition.  As it is
written, however, it means simply "was."

Is there no merit to this?


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