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Interesting thing word "אשל"(eshel')(which here translated as tamarisk) is only used 3 times in the Bible two times in the 1 Samuel 22:6 and 31:13 where it means some type of tree (tamarisk) but Rashi doesn't want to accept this version and trying to find other solution! and the idea here they concentrate on the word planted rather on tamarisk!!! Also good ...


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Backdrop to explain my answer The opening chapters of Genesis provides an interesting framework for understanding the rest of the Bible. That is, the creation narrative of chapters 1-2 includes, within its own framework, the introduction of creation, and a "new" creation. That sounds confusing so let me explain. In Genesis 1 we're given an account of the ...


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Leon R. Kass, in The Beginning of Wisdom, page 27, agrees that because the Hebrew lacks the definite article, the popular translation, “In the beginning” is incorrect. He cites Robert Alter (Genesis Translation and Commentary), who treats the first (and second) verse not as a declarative sentence but as a subordinate clause: “When God began to create heaven ...


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"And God said, Let us make (נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה: accomplish H6213) man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26 God had a purpose...to make mankind in His image and His ...


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Prima Pars: Is God taken by surprise? I love this question! When I see these depictions of the Divine, I immediately engage in source criticism. For me, it is noteworthy that both verses you cite are from the J source. Contrast the two passages in Genesis which relate the Divine's decision to flood the world: Genesis 6:5-7, J source 5 When the LORD saw ...


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Genesis 2:5-7 actually shows a lack of any substantial passage of time. and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. -Genesis 2:5 (KJV) The emphasis is on the fact that nothing had grown as it ...


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Church Fathers who comment on Genesis 1:11-13 - Basil, Ephraim the Syrian, Gregory of Nyssa - maintain that the vegetation brought forth appeared whole and mature in one instant; it was not simply latent in seeds waiting to germinate. The translation of this passage chooses to render the underlying Hebrew word as "sprout", which implies that some kind of ...


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The question is conflating what are, in the view of nearly all critical scholars, two separate and independent accounts of creation. John J. Collins (The Bible After Babel, page 86) says a well-founded consensus of scholarship distinguishes two creation stories, the Priestly (P) one in Genesis 1:!-2:4a and the Yahwist (J) account in 2:4b-3:24. He says it ...


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As we see here, it is a euphemism: the word does indeed mean thigh, but it also means the male genital region. The renowned Jewish scholar Nahum Sarna puts it this way: "Holding the circumcised membrum, called the “sign of the covenant” in 17:11, may invoke the presence and power of God as the guarantor of the oath." ... Naturally, you can see why our ...


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According to an answer given by the author of this question, a couple of days had transpired: http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/23114/10231


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Strong's concordance identifies three occurrences of the verb וַיִּטַּ֞ע ('to plant'), at Genesis 2:8, 9:20 and 21:33. In each case, it seems the reference was to living plants and not just to seeds alone. After planting the garden, God puts Adam in the garden, by which the reader will assume that there are living plants there. Genesis 2:9 repeats the ...


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The word אשל ’eshel, of Strong’s H0815 is always equivalent to ἄρουραν in Septuagint, Genesis 21:33;1 Samuel 22:6 and 31:13. The sentence “στάχυσιν τῶν ἀλλοφύλων in Judge 15:5 is equivalent to “...ἀρούρας τῶν Παλαιστίνων...” in Flavius Josepho Antiquitates Judaicae 5.295, see also 6:14, and Apion 1:86 and 1:195. Of Strong’s. In the book Exhaustive ...


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YHVH rested on the 7th day and was refreshed: Exo 31:17 It is a sign forever between me and the Israelis, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'" This was such a good and valuable experience for him that he blessed the day: Exo_20:11 because the LORD made the heavens and the ...



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