In the Beginning/in the principle?

Bruce Michael

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Dear All,

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

Bereshit, is the word that is here translated as beginning. It is by no means about the historical beginning.

Bereshit: this word which, for the Hebrews, contains all the Torah, this untranslatable word can be rendered at least badly by " in the principle ", "in arch" in Greek, in Latin "principio" ; this translation is preferable.

" In the principle God creates the wet and dryness", one could translate, by specifying that the wet one is the NAME, i.e. divine Verb which melts anything.

The Hidden Structures of Water
"The throne of glory stands suspended in the air, and hovers over the face of the waters, by the breath of the mouth of the Holy One, Blessed Be He, and at his command, like a dove which hovers over the nest." (Bereshit 1:1-2)

In other words, water is the "footstool" of the Throne of Glory and the "skin" as it were, of the Holy Spirit.

In the Principle

Dear Companions,

In the opening verse of Genesis the Hebrew word BERAESHITH is translated as "in the beginning". If you were to asked a Rabbi he would tell you that the word means "in the principle" or "at-first-in-principle" or "archetypal." For a start, Water is already in existence.

Here are the first verses of Genesis translated by Fabre d'Olivet:
"1. At-first-in-principle, he-created, Elohim, the-selfsameness-of-heavens, and-the-selfsameness-of-earth.

2. And-the-earth was contingent-potentiality in-a-potentiality-of-being; and-darkness-was-on-the-face of-the-deep and-the-breath of-HIM-the-Gods was-pregnantly-moving upon-the-face-of-the-waters.

3. And-he-said HE-the-Being-of-beings: there-shall-be light; and-there-became-light.

4. And-he-did-ken, HE-the-Gods that-light as good; and-he-made-a-division HE-the-Gods, betwixt the-light-and-betwixt the-darkness."

In the first chapter the name of God is Elohim, from the fourth verse onwards, it is Yahweh-IHOAH-Jehovah Elohim.

Merged the two threads as they discuss the same concept.