[b-hebrew] Gen 1:2

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Jun 5 11:11:44 EDT 2004


You need to get out of your mind that it refers to flight. Then it makes sense in its contexts. The eagle (and some other mother birds too for that matter) settles down on its nest on its chicks when they are small. In the context of a depressed person (as Jeremiah indicates he was), his limbs (bones) are settled down and remain still because the depressed person lacks the energy to move them. Same action. Then in Genesis 1:2 we have God‘s Spirit settling down and resting on the face of the waters. Same action. As far as I can tell, we don‘t have a term in English that exactly corrosponds to the Hebrew RXP, but a workable translation for all three uses would be ”rest“.

Karl W. Randolph.

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

> Keepijng the eggs warm?!   It has to make sense in context, folks!
> Seriously, this wouldn't be the place where the Bible mentions dry bones
> rattling or dancing around, would it?
> So what would be your idea of what the Spirit of God did?   Glided?  (Eagles
> do that.)
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> > Dora:
> >
> > One of my first questions after joining this group was the definition of
> RXP.
> >
> > In Deuteronomy 32 it is used for an eagle, which is a big, heavy bird,
> which doesn't hover (except possibly metaphorically). In Jeremiah it is used
> of bones when he was dejected.
> >
> > Peter Kirk found a source in a cognate language that indicates that RXP
> refers to nesting. Thus we can see the action of the eagle settling itself
> on its young while they are still small, to keep them warm. Similarly, when
> a person is depressed, as Jeremiah indicates he was, his bones felt heavy
> like lead set down and not to be moved. And the first of the three uses has
> the Spirit of God settling down upon the cold, hard, lifeless and still ball
> that was the earth.
> >
> > Karl W. Randolph.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>
> >
> > > According to one of my Hebrew texts, it means hovering, as in what a
> bird
> > > does over a nest.
> > >
> > > It says, "the root of this verb is [rosh chet pey]", meaning "hover
> over"
> > > such as a bird does over the nest. 
> > >
> > > Yours,
> > > Dora Smith
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