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Elohim: God or gods? (Genesis chap. 1, verse 1)

The third word of the Hebrew Bible is Elohim: “Bereshìt barà Elohim …” “At the beginning God created … “. So, at the very beginning of the Hebrew Bible we find a reference to polytheism? The verb barà (created) is singular, so the author was convinced that there was only…

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Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lesson 28)

“In this lesson we return to our discussion of Hebrew verbs. As with the Qatal and Yiqtol forms, we have named this third verb pattern “Wayyiqtol” after the 3ms form of the verb (וַיִּקְטֹל). We look for Wayyiqtol in 1 Kings 21:8 וַתִּכְתֹּב סְפָרִים בְּשֵׁם אַחְאָב וַתַּחְתֹּם בְּחֹתָמוֹ וַתִּשְׁלַח )הַסְפָרִים(…

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The Pentateuch – Introduction (First part)

Jews call the sacred text “TANAK,” an acronym composed by the first letters of the three parts of  the Hebrew Bible: the Torah (the Law), Nevi’im (The Prophets), Ketuvim (The Writings). The Torah corresponds exactly to our Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). The Prophets are divided into “former prophets” and “latter prophets”. The former…

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Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lesson 25)

“In this lesson we continue our study of the Yiqtol verb (the “prefix conjugation”), by examining the common ways in which this verb might be translated in various contexts. We read Samuel’s farewell speech in 1 Samuel 12:15– וְאִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ בְּקוֹל יְהוָה וּמְרִיתֶם אֶת־פִּי יְהוָה וְהָיְתָה יַד־יְהוָה בָּכֶם וּבַאֲבֹתֵיכֶֽם׃ But if…

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Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lesson 25)

“Visit: http://eteacherhebrew.com/sigal. In this lesson we continue our study of the Yiqtol verb (the “prefix conjugation”), by examining the common ways in which this verb might be translated in various contexts. We read Samuel’s farewell speech in 1 Samuel 12:15– וְאִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ בְּקוֹל יְהוָה וּמְרִיתֶם אֶת־פִּי יְהוָה וְהָיְתָה יַד־יְהוָה בָּכֶם וּבַאֲבֹתֵיכֶֽם׃ But if…

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