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Morfologically, shamayim is not plural, but dual, i.e. it means a group of two (two heavens). However, it is usually understood as singular (either heaven or heavens in English) with no real indication of dual or plural in the meaning.


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The word שָׁמָיִם is always plural in Hebrew; there is no singular. (We call this a plurale tantum). Gen. 1:8 has שָׁמָיִם without the article and the next verse has the same word with the definite article. You can translate it literally as “heavens”, or you can paraphrase it with the English singular “heaven”. But to translate it as “heaven” in one verse ...


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The NET Bible notes address this question directly, spelling out the two alternative interpretations: sn In the beginning. The verse refers to the beginning of the world as we know it; it affirms that it is entirely the product of the creation of God. But there are two ways that this verse can be interpreted: (1) It may be taken to refer to the original ...


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I also think (as in the previous comment) that it is meaningless to speak of the gender of God And it is unwise, in many cases, to try and equate grammatical gender with actual gender. The word for "spirit" is grammatically feminine in the Hebrew, and grammatically neuter in the Greek, but this tells us nothing at all about the actual gender of the Holy ...


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You have a very interesting question, David. I am not an expert but only a continuing student of the scripture. My answer is solely based on the light of my understanding of other clear verses of scripture. Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. NKJV Ex 20:11 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and ...


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The creation account in Genesis is describing cosmic events in terms that ordinary men and women could understand. It is best taken as a straightforward historical account of the events of creation. If this is the case, then the first day began at the start, the beginning. It couldn't start at the end of the day because this was the beginning of time. The ...


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Evening and morning, that is, beginning and ending, is the beginning and ending of whatever "Yom" means. Genesis, chapter one, records six creative "yoms". One step in determining the meaning of a word, such as "yom", is to see how Scripture uses the word in other places. I understand that Hebrew has only about 8600 words available. English has about ...


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We need to understand what God's purpose was in creating man in His own image and likeness. Father's purpose was to have a family in the earth, that He would call "son". Note, it is son without a capital "S". This "son" would be gender free as God does not discriminate between male and female (Gal.3:28). We will also recall that it was Adam who called Eve, ...



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