bereshit and mereshit.
moon at sogang.ac.kr
Sat Mar 16 21:08:57 EST 2002
There have been some discussions on the list about whether
bereshit is in the absolute state or construct state.
Considering that reshit in mereshit in Isa 46.10 is in the
absolute state, what are the arguments for the claim that
reshit in bereshit in Gen 1.1 is in the construct state
(1) all the occurrences of bereshit in HB other than
that in Gen 1.1 are in the construct state,
and (2) reshit in bereshit is an indefinite expression
without definite article [If it were, we would have bareshit],
both of which do not seem to be conclusive.
Moon R. Jung
Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea
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