ONE differs from the usual book on Genesis. This
book is an exposition of the biblical Hebrew which
both explains the grammar and determines the meaning
of important Hebrew words by reference to other
uses of the same word in the Bible itself.
In READING GENESIS ONE the reader is informed about
important patterns of biblical Hebrew word and verb
usage. This is done by presenting examples which
show the biblical Hebrew of other well-understood
verses. These verses illustrate and verify the patterns
of word and verb use.
The first 35 verses of the Bible describe the history
of planet Earth from its beginning through the appearance
of Adam (mankind). These 35 verses employ less than
100 different Hebrew words augmented by the prepositional
prefixes and the suffixes representing pronouns.
As a consequence, the description must omit much
Biblical Hebrew is limited in what it may express
because of its small vocabulary. An ordinary American
collegiate dictionary will typically define about
160,000 words. Biblical Hebrew, as defined by Strong's
numbers, possesses only 8,674 words. This small
vocabulary places important limitations on the possible
meanings of the verses of Genesis One. Meaning is
also limited by the nature of the biblical Hebrew
verb. Biblical Hebrew grammars often describe the
Hebrew verb as not having tense.
The limitations imposed by the small number of Hebrew
words, the Hebrew verb, and other limitations are
discussed and consequences explained. This is done
before the verses of Genesis One are considered.
Subsequently, the first verses of the Bible are
studied on a word-by-word basis. Directly comparable
examples illustrate word meaning, word construction,
and verb usage. This allows the reader to come to
an understanding of the meaning which the Hebrew
The meaning which the Hebrew may express often differs
from that offered by supposed "experts" who interpret
English translation. The meaning also often differs
from the meaning ascribed by "agnostic" critics.
Resolution of Genesis creation issues is found by
direct reference to the biblical Hebrew.
-Rodney Whitefield PhD.
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