BIBLE: Genesis Chapter 1 – Headline “In The First Place…” [A Study in Hebrew]

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Genesis 1

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (‘ĕlōhîm) created the heavens and the earth.
  • Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew: bre’shiyth ‘Elohiym bara’ Eth shamayim Eth erets
  1. “In the beginning” (bre’shiyth)
  2. “God” (‘Elohiym)
  3. “Created” (bara’)
  4. “[Untranslated]” (Eth) which is spelled with two Hebrew letters: the Aleph and the Tav. (in Greek the Alpha and the Omega.)
  5. “The heavens” (shamayim)
  6. “And” (Eth) two Hebrew letters: the Aleph and the Tav. (in Greek the Alpha and the Omega.)
  7. “The earth” (‘erets)
  • Below: Strong’s translation for each word:

1. bre’shiyth H7225

  • The first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):—beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.
    • The first
      • Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    • The first in place
    • The first in time: The beginning
      • Hebrews 1:10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
      • The Eternal Word -John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made… 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
    • The first in rank
      • Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
      • Philippians 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
    • The first fruit
      • Romans 11:16 For if the Firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
      • 1 Corinthians 15:20 – The Last Enemy Destroyed – But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
      • Jesus is the Firstfruit
    • The chief
    • The principal thing
      • Colossians 1:18 And He (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead (resurrected), that in all things He may have the preeminence.
  • Jesus, as God is described in the Hebrew word “beginning”

2. God (ĕlōhîm)

  • ‘ĕlōhîm is the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a plural noun whose root meaning is unity.
  • See Topic: The Creator

3. Created (bara’)

  • bara’ is a singular verb.
  • In combination with the preceding plural God the combination is incorrect grammar. It is similar to saying “They is..” when it should either be “He is” (both singular), or “They are” (both plural).
  • Therefore; God went out of His way to reveal Himself as a Plural Godhead who is one in spiritual DNA, having the identical character, purpose, and goals.

4. [Untranslated] (Eth) which is two Hebrew letters: the Aleph and the Tav. (in Greek the Alpha and the Omega.)

  • The Eth is untranslated. It is spelled with two Hebrew letters: the Aleph and the Tav which is equivalent to the Alpha and Omega in Hebrew.
    • Revelation 22:13 I (Jesus) am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

5. The heavens (shamayim)

  • The heavens include the sky, the space in the universe, and spiritual dimensions.

6. And (Eth) two Hebrew letters: the Aleph and the Tav. (in Greek the Alpha and the Omega.)

  • Again, the Alpha and the Omega translated “and”, a connecting word which holds a paragraph together.
    • Hebrews 1:3a He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of his being, AND he holds everything together by His powerful word.

      (The powerful word is the word “AND” spelled with the Alef and Tav in Hebrew; the Alpha and Omega in Greek. Therefore: Jesus, the Alpha and Omega holds everything together on the earth and in the heavens as the ‘connector’ between man and God.)

7. The Earth (‘erets)

  • Strong’s H776 land, earth, country, ground, world, way, common, field, nations, wilderness (with H4057).
  • Earth, not God. Earth, not the heavens. Earth, not the sea. Earth, the physical, not the spiritual. Earth, The footstool of God (that which God has His foot of authority upon)

(Note: words with a preceding “ha” (heavens, earth) are nouns wherein the “ha” means “the”, as in “the heavens” and “the earth”. Also, “ares” an the “earth” is the same Hebrew as “‘erets”.


Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit (ruwach) of God (ĕlōhîm) was hovering over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:3Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw the light, that it was good; and God (‘ĕlōhîm) divided the light from the darkness. God (‘ĕlōhîm) called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Literally: And evening was, and morning was, a day, one.)Genesis 1:Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let there be a firmament (expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
Genesis 1:Thus God (‘ĕlōhîm) made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. Genesis 1:And God (‘ĕlōhîm) called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Genesis 1:Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:10 And God (‘ĕlōhîm) called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:11 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1:14 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
Genesis 1:15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:16 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) made two great lights (luminaries): the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.
Genesis 1:17 God (‘ĕlōhîm) set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth,
Genesis 1:18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Genesis 1:20 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures (Literally souls), and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament (expanse) of the heavens.”
Genesis 1:21 So God (‘ĕlōhîm) created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:22 And God (‘ĕlōhîm) blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
Genesis 1:23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1:24 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:25 And God (‘ĕlōhîm) made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:26 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “Let Us (plural) make man in Our (plural) image, according to Our (plural) likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all (all the wild animals of) the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:27 So God (‘ĕlōhîm) created man in His own image; in the image of God (‘ĕlōhîm) He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:28 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves (moves about) on the earth.”
Genesis 1:29 And God (‘ĕlōhîm) said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Genesis 1:30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life (a living soul), I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Genesis 1:31 Then God (‘ĕlōhîm) saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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