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

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Fri Aug 18 08:28:47 EDT 2006

Dear Steven,

Sorry about the typos in the last post. I wanted 
to add that the NET Bible translation demonstrated 
  its awareness of the principle I talked about, 
regarding the KJV comma in Gen 3:5 after "like 
God," because the NET Bible removes that comma. 
This allows an attributive sense to "knowing.' The 
NET Bible has:

for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes 
will open and you will be like divine beings who 
know good and evil.”

HH: I would stay with the KJV comma that makes 
knowing predicative, but I would identify 'elohim 
with the same 'elohim that occurs in the previous 
50 occurrences of the word in the Bible, the 
Creator God. However, the other reading is 
possible. So there are really three options here, 
since the translation of 'elohim is a separate 
issue from the handling of the participle.

Harold Holmyard

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