Word of the Week

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So in hopes to expand my blog, I decided I wanted to start a “word of week” portion of my blog.  I love languages, especially the Biblical ones and I enjoy even more some of the history and meanings of words in other languages. So I decided to provide a weekly word section where I will look at the meaning of a word in another language and expand on its, well, “importance.” 🙂

Word of the Week

ty™IvaérV;b       br’shit

What word would be more fitting as a beginning than the word for “beginning?” B’resheet is the first word of the first book of the Bible and in the Jewish community the title of the book we English-speakers know as Genesis.  And rightly so, because the word comes from a similar root word in Hebrew that means “head” or “chief.”  (See Brown Driver Briggs Lexicon p 911-12.)  B’resheet in its Genesis 1:1 context has a distinct meaning, as it carries a prefix (B’) that indicates “in, with or by.” something.  The actual noun is resheet which refers to “beginning” or “chief.” 

If one would continue in the Lexicon you can see the other times this words appears in the Bible it is always associated with the beginning of something new & amazing.  For example, the beginning of a new kingdom (Gen 10:10) as well as the beginning of creation.  It also is associated with the first fruits in Exodus 23:19 and even the first chief in Amos 6:1.  

The similar root is the word meaning chief or head, which includes a meaning of “beginning” of time located in my favorite chapter Isaiah 40:21. 

I think if we were to remember this word when we coming across it in the Bible, it is important to remember its significance in that it is not just a beginning of a new chapter … it truly means a new context.  either a new world, a new kingdom, a new person.  And so let the new chapter of this blog, well BEGIN!

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