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Interesting question! I'm not sure it admits of a definitive answer, but some observations suggest one possibility. As noted by OP, the typical divine response to each day's acts of creation tends to be "impersonal": וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים כִּי־טוֹב wayyarʾ ĕlōhîm kî-ṭôb and God saw that [it was] good This is the response in Gen 1:10, 12, 18, 21, and ...


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One variation that jumps out pertains to the statement, "And God saw that it was good." There is another very significant variation that points to another pattern in the structure of Genesis 1 and explains the omission in day 2: day 5 is the only day that lacks the parallel phrase "and it was so"1. The reason why this is significant and connected with ...


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(1) [OP] Is it meant as a summary of what precedes it or as an introduction to what follows it? That's a very good question. On the face of it, it would appear to be an introduction. This formula, usually referred to simply as the "toledot" formula (from the Hebrew ...אֵלֶּה תֹולְדֹות = ʾēlleh tolədôt... "these are the generations of...") occurs a ...


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Kennedy summarizes his view on p. 5, and OP's sense that the paseq is a rough equivalent to how we use [sic] strikes me as about right. Kennedy's view, however, doesn't seem like a plausible -- or at least certainly not a sufficient -- explanation of this masoretic notation. On the one hand, there are just too many instances in which no such "warning" is ...


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It is commonly assumed that Noah only took two (2) of every kind of animal into the ark. However, the scripture actually states that Noah took seven (7) of every clean animal and two (2) of every unclean animal into the ark. In Gen. 7:2, it is written, Of every clean beast, you shall take to yourself by seven, a male and his female; and of beasts that ...


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You are right - Noah took only two of each clean animal - see Genesis 6:19-20. This clearly includes cattle and all clean and unclean animals. This means he would make the entire species extinct if he slaughtered one animal before breeding took place. But Noah also took seven of each clean animal and only two of each unclean animal - see Genesis 7:2. This ...


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The Idea in Brief The Paseq serves various purposes in the Hebrew Bible. In the first chapter of Genesis, the purpose of the Paseq served as the logical dichotomy between the divine name and what followed. That is, the Paseq occurs in verse 5 and also in verse 10, but was not necessary on the basis of the Masoretic accent principles. Its function was to ...


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God is laying the foundation for the definition of a day. Notice the flow and progression of the text. Darkness (v.2) - Light had not been created, God creates light (v.3), God sees (of course He already knew) the light is good, God separates the light from darkness (He creates distinction), God names light and darkness (v.5) which defines a day, and then ...


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Although there are differing views on what follows, the most convincing explanation I've heard regarding this reference centres around the nature of the culture Timothy was contending with at Ephesus. For many years, Ephesus had been an entrenched and powerful centre of the cult of Ephesian Artemis - her temple was one of the seven ancient wonders of the ...


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The answer is simple. These three item are unique to Judah and Tamar wanted them only to prove that Judah was the father of her child (and proving that she did not commit adultery, but had conducted herself through the rules of Leverite marriage). See Sforno's commentary. None of these items had monetary value: the cord (Onkelos HaGer translated this as a ...


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All three objects signify the distinction of someone in a position of authority. The seal was either an amulet of a ring embedded in clay which left an impression signifying its owner. For examples see: Deu 32:34; Neh 9:38; Neh 10:1; Est 3:12; Son 8:6; Isa 8:16; Jer 22:24; Jer 32:44. There are multiple meanings for cord in scripture. In the case of Gen ...



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