[b-hebrew] Definiteness in bhebrew

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Mon Oct 19 05:02:20 EDT 2009

Every discussion about whether or not the first word in Genesis should be understood as definite or indefinite is unfortunately shackled to the traditional English rendering. The Hebrew makes perfect sense in and of itself as adverbial. There is no need for any discussion of definiteness. The definiteness dilemma is purely the figment of English translations.

I suggest a better English rendering, which reflects the Hebrew more closely, is "At first".


Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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