[b-hebrew] Definiteness in bhebrew

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 11:42:24 EDT 2009


James:

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 5:58 AM, James Christian
<jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
>
> 2009/10/19, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>:
>
>> James:
>>
>> On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM, James Christian <
>> jc.bhebrew at googlemail.com
>> > wrote:
>>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> >
>> > As for the use of Elohim and haElohim, there are 337 verses where
>> haElohim
>> are found vs. 635 verses where just Elohim (without a prefix) are found.
>> That’s according to a quick electronic search. With such a ratio, it is
>> likely that whether or not to use the definite article may be one of
>> personal preference, not a mathematically describable rule.
>
>
> Thanks for the statistics but in order for them to be useful we need to
> count the following:
>
>
(noted even before sending them to you, hence “quick electronic search”)


> 1) How many times is Elohim used for God
> 2) How many of those times is Elohim used for 'gods'
> 3) How many of those times is HaElohim unambiguously used as a title for
> 'The God'
> 4) How many of those times is HaElohim unambiguously used with literal
> meaning of 'the gods'
>
>
I did a quick spot check of a few of each, and all referred to God. An
exhaustive check is needed to answer these questions.

> James Christian
>
>
>
Karl W. Randolph.



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