[b-hebrew] Gen 1:2
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Jun 5 12:06:16 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 Gods Spirit settling down
>and resting on the face of the waters. Same
>action. As far as I can tell, we dont have a
>term in English that exactly corrosponds to the
>Hebrew RXP, but a workable translation for all
>three uses would be rest.
HH: Dora needs to get it out of her mind that RXP
refers to flight unless it does refer to flight.
If lexicons and many translations give "hover"
for the word, and if in rabbinic Hebrew it
apparently had that meaning, I don't see a
problem for its biblical contexts. The fact that
it mean mean "brood" in a cognate language does
not require it has that meaning in Hebrew. By the
way, even with "brood," one meaning that
Webster's Dictionary gives for "brood" is "hover,
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