[b-hebrew] Gen 1:1-3 (was "Gen 1:2- And the earth . . .")

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Sat Apr 15 05:57:12 EDT 2006

On 15/04/2006 01:07, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:
> ...
> HH: The real question with the traditional reading ("In the beginning 
> God created the heavens and the earth") is the absence of a definite 
> article with "in" followed by "beginning":  BR)$YT. ...

It is also worth noting that this definite article would be marked only 
in the subtleties of vowel pointing, with qamets for the definite 
version rather than sheva as found in the Masoretic text. But then the 
LXX rendering EN ARCHi without the definite article points to an early 
undertanding of R)$YT as indefinite, but not a construct as "created" 
(actually rendered as just EPOIHSEN, "made") is a main verb, not 
subordinate to EN ARCHi.

Peter Kirk
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