[b-hebrew] Genesis 3:5 - and ye shall be as gods

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 18:07:25 EDT 2006

Never thougt of that before.

The plural noun and verb both point to "gods" as meant, as if in polytheism.

Karl W. Randolp.

On 8/17/06, schmuel <schmuel at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Genesis 3:5 (KJB)
> For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
> then your eyes shall be opened,
> and ye shall be as gods,
> knowing good and evil.
>    Surprisingly we apparently have not discussed this verse.
>    Many translations have the second Elohim as "God", singular, although
> much traditional Jewish exegesis (Targumim, Ibn Ezra, perhaps Rashi)
> supports
> the plural non-Deity usage of elohim, which was followed by Geneva and the
> King James Bible.  Also many Jewish Bibles today (e.g. Soncino, JPS) as
> well
> as Fox.  (I am especially curious about notes in ArtScroll and Living
> Torah,
> and moderately interested in others, like Alter's translation here).
>     Do you see anything special in the Hebrew that leans toward one
> translation or another ?  Granted there are a lot of various doctrinal
> aspects that could be offered, I don't mind hearing those either :-)
>     Any thoughts ?
>     Thanks.
> Shalom,
> Steven Avery
> Queens, NY
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Messianic_Apologetic

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