[b-hebrew] Oneness VS Trinity
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Thu Aug 24 23:00:53 EDT 2006
It is customary for some Binitarians and most evangelical Trinitarians (especially Messianics) to propose that the Hebrew word for one, the numeral one (echad), is really compound one. This is a clever device which confuses logical thought. Echad occurs some 960 times in the Hebrew Bible, and it is the numeral one. It is a numeral adjective when it modifies a noun. One day, one person, etc. Echad is the ordinary cardinal number, one. Eleven in Hebrew is ten and one. Abraham was only one, said Ezekiel 33:24 (NASU), only one man (NIV).
Just as the famous Armstrongian phrase uniplural does not appear in the Websters (thus it represents the DIY grammatical venture on which Worldwide theology was done in respect to defining God), compound one as a definition of echad is also not recognized in standard texts describing the grammar of the Hebrew language. It is an invented grammatical category which confuses and divides.
The Hebrew word for one operates as does the word one in English. You can have one thing, one person. And of course the noun modified by echad may be collective, one family, one people, one flesh, as a single unit composed of two Adam and Eve, in that case. But to say that one carries the meaning of compound one is misleading in the extreme. The basic meaning of echad given by the lexicons is one single, even the indefinite article a. Sometimes the only one, or even unique is the proper translation of echad.
Suppose now we say that one implies more than one. We could prove our point like this: In the phrase one tripod, is it not obvious that one really implies three? Does not one dozen mean that one is really 12? Or one million? Is one equivalent to a million? Does this not suggest the plurality of one? What about one quartet or one duplex? To carry this madness to an extreme, we could argue that in the phrase one zebra, the word one really means black and white.
What is happening here? We are being asked to believe that in the phrase the Lord our God is one Lord, that one is compound. That Lord is more than one Lord, perhaps two or perhaps three. We are being lured into a complete falsehood that one implies plurality. We are asked to believe this on the basis of a tiny fraction of the appearances of echad when it modifies a compound noun (the vast majority of the occurrences of echad when it does not modify a compound noun are left unmentioned). Even when one modifies a compound noun one family, one cluster the word one retains its meaning as one single
There is no such thing as compound one as a definition of echad.
This procedure is to confuse the numeral adjective one with the noun it modifies. It is to bleed the meaning of a compound noun back into the numeral. This will take the unwary by surprise. Thus one flesh is supposed to mean that one can mean more than one. The point, obviously, is that flesh as a combination of Adam and Eve does have a collective, family sense. But one is still one: one flesh and not two fleshes. One cluster (singular) of grapes does not in any way illustrate a plural meaning for the word one. Cluster has indeed a collective, plural sense. But one is still one: one cluster and not two clusters. Just imagine if at the check-out the clerk announces that your one dollar purchase is really compound one. You could become bankrupt.
So then, Yahweh, the personal name of the One God, occurs some 6,800 times. In no case does it have a plural verb, or adjective. And never is a plural pronoun put in its place. Pronouns are most useful grammatical markers, since they tell us about the nouns they stand for. The very fact that the God who is Yahweh speaks of Himself as I and Me and is referred to as You (singular) and He and Him thousands upon thousands of times should convince all Bible readers of the singularity of God. The fact that God further speaks of Himself in every exclusive fashion known to language by myself, all alone etc., only adds to this proof. There is none besides Me, none before Me and none after Me. I alone am Elohim, and Yahweh. I created the heavens and the earth by Myself; none was with Me.
A Sample of the Use of echad (one)
Genesis 42:13: Josephs brothers said, We are 12 brothers, sons of one (echad) man, in the land of Canaan. The youngest is this day with our father and one (echad) is not. Verse 16: Send one (echad) of you. Verse 19: Let one (echad) of your brothers
Verse 27: One (echad) of them opened his sack. Verse 32: One (echad) is not. Verse 33: One (echad) of your brothers. There are well over 900 other examples in the OT.
What is illogical to the extreme is the lengths men will go to in support of a tradition that is not based on the apostles and the prophets. Jesus said many are called but few are chosen, which should give all Trinitarians reason to pause and rethink their position. Especially since Jesus equated eternal life with knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ who God sent.
You see Sir, you are appealing to men with your Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. You are also denigrating the very people who speak a language you don't and that people are the Jews. What many assume is illogical to any thinking man who does not put his intellect on hold to defend redefining the rules of grammar made up by men when it is convenient to do so. And the men who redefined the rules of grammar are the same men who teach that Mary was immaculately conceived, was a perpetual virgin, that the Pope is God's mouthpiece, and etc. Now you can deny that Origen came up with the doctrine of the Trinity but to do so is to deny historical truth.
What no trinitarian has done is explain the plain language meaning of the Scriptures I posted. What they have failed to explain is why no NT author refers to Jesus as God or God the Son.
And BTW, Jesus and His apostles spoke Aramaic not Greek and to ignore this historical fact only shows that trinitarians have put their faith in the traditions of men not God's inerrent and infallible word. The foundation of Christianity is Judaism and its strict monotheism not the cleverly devised myths developed by Greeks who used Greek philosophy to interpret who God and Jesus are not, and they are not part of a triune Godhead.
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