[b-hebrew] gen 1:2

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Jun 5 01:26:38 EDT 2004

Dear Dora:

Where is the term ”formless void“? We already covered this in previous discussions, whereby we split along philosophical presuppositions. I personally say that it means ”lifeless and still (the stillness of empty of life)“ but others say it has other meanings.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>\

> PS - The reason for the greatly differing translations of the first chapter
> of Genesis is clearly lack of clarity of what the words mean, metaphorical
> concepts (like deep sea), the meaning of which is lost on many or all modern
> scholars, and terms like the two words for formless void that do not
> translate into English.   One has to come up with approximate English
> concepts.

> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
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