April 2, 2019


In previous posts we looked at the first three words of the Bible, “In-the-beginning God created …” We noted that the first verb of the Bible relates to (God’s) creative activity (bārā’: “created”), while the first subject of the Bible is “God” (Elohim).  This time we’ll look at the two objects of the verb, “the heavens and the earth” (‎אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ: ’ēt haššāmayîm ve’ēt ha’ārets). Both are designated in Hebrew with object markers (אֵת, ’ēt, pronounced as ate), the second of...
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