Et (Genesis 1:1)

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Wed May 22 10:24:59 EDT 2002

In a message dated 5/22/2002 9:59:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
danserve4x at writes:

> I recently purchased a Hebrew Bible and began to peruse it, starting at
> the beginning.  I recognized most of the words in Genesis 1:1 and I now
> understand each except for the word "et" that appears to be used twice,
> once by itself and the second time with a vav prefix, I assume indicating
> the "and."  My question is this:  what is the function of this word?  It
> doesn't seem to me to have any word-for-word correspondence with the
> English translations, so what is the idea behind it?

)"T is simply the sign of the accusative or object of the verb in this verse. 
 It can function as a preposition meaning "with" (though some might claim 
that it is a totally different word).


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