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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Genesis 1:20-25 – (The Fifth Day of Creation)

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every…

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Visible and invisible thing (Genesis chap. 2, verse 1)

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array “The use of the word “tsabà” (“host”) to include all the elements and living creatures that fill the cosmos (Ps. 103.21) is unusual. Perhaps it is a technical term in the [author’s] classification. (Compare Num. 4.3; 8.24)…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Genesis 1:9-16 – (The Third Day of Creation)

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said,…

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The cry of the monster of Chaos (Genesis chap. 1, verse 2)

The second verse of the first chapter of Genesis begins with a very enigmatic word. It is usually translated as and the earth was formless and empty. We read in the Hebrew text: weha-haàrets haietà tòhu uavòhu (Genesis chap. 1, verse 2). The first word – wehaàrets – is translated…

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