Hebrew Word: Aphar (Dust from the earth)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2023 in Hebrew Study, The Origin

The scientists said to God, “We can create man, as you did”. God said, “Really? Can you create a man from the dust of the earth?” They said, “Yes, we can. We have genetic engineering, cloning, artificial intelligence to imitate and duplicate life”. “Let Me see it!”, said God. They took dust from the earth and … “No, no. Not from My dust”, said God. While we are waiting for the scientists to create their own dust,...

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Hebrew Word: Olam (Universe, Eternity)

Posted by on Feb 19, 2023 in Hebrew Study, The Origin

The Hebrew word עוֹלָם olam is often translated as eternal, everlasting, or forever, all of which have a meaning of a “continual existence”. By extension olam means “universe” or “world”, i.e., the whole creation of YHVH, known today better by the Greek word kosmos, rather than by the Hebrew olam. As such olam appears in the Hebrew texts to represent the physical dimension of the universe relating specifically to its infiniteness. Thus,...

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The World as a Constant Recreation

Posted by on Jan 22, 2023 in The Origin

Elohim created the heavens and the earth and everything in it visible and invisible in six days, and then He rested on the seventh. And since then, the Creator has remained rested in the last 6,000 years?  For lack of an alternative interpretation, the reader is led to apply the same mode of interpretation that the Creator made heaven and earth at the time of creation and does not at present make heaven and earth. Now if the Creator made heavens and earth once, why can He...

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Radiocarbon-14 Dating and Young Earth

Posted by on Jan 8, 2023 in The Origin

While science wants to convince us that the Earth is incredibly old, strangely enough, there is a scientific method that testifies to the opposite, namely, that the life on our planet is in fact incredibly young. This method no one wants to talk about is called “Radiocarbon-14 dating”: chemical analysis designed to estimate the age of geological specimens by measuring residual carbon in artifacts, animal, and human bones. This raises the inevitable question: Can...

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When the Firmament in Heaven Declared the Creation

Posted by on Jan 1, 2023 in The Origin

The creation story narrates that Elohim created a firmament above the heaven. This term has been perplexing the readers of Genesis for a long time with no clear definition of what “firmament” is. Yet, the Scripture further assures us that this firmament declares the work of His creation, and the heaven is proclaiming it to the glory of Elohim. If the firmament, which the Creator placed above the heaven solely on account of His words on the second day of...

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Scientific Facts in the Bible: Round or Flat Earth

Posted by on Nov 10, 2022 in The Origin

In the following, we will explain what one needs to know about the controversial topic of “flat earth”. Is the Earth round or flat? How did the Creator create the planet Earth: flat or round? The issue of round or flat Earth is well known, so here we will only offer a basic outline of what we intend to say. The old saying, “The language of the Torah is like the language of man”, takes precedent when such a matter as scientific facts in the Bible is discussed....

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The Table of the 70 Nations Revised

Posted by on Oct 30, 2022 in The Origin

The genealogy of the 70 nations in Genesis 10 traces their origin back to the common father of mankind, Noach. After the universal deluge, Noach’s family settled in the plain of the land of Shinar, where they multiplied into many families. The genealogy of Noach aka the Table of the 70 Nations, through his sons Shem, Cham, and Yaphet, prepares the reader for the event which led to the division of the one human race into 70 nations with distinct languages and cultures....

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What Was It Before the Creation?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2022 in The Origin

What was it before the Creation, before even Gen 1:1 has begun? Before the creation, there was nothing; nothing existed but the Everlasting One, YHVH. Before the process of creation has even begun, YHVH (His Name means “He who exists continually”) was Yachid, the only One, no one else; after the creation He became Echad, He and His creation are together, one or unity. Yachid is exclusive; Echad is inclusive. We will rewind the time and try to explain what it was...

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Nephilim Before and After the Flood

Posted by on Dec 15, 2021 in The Origin

The Book of Genesis tells us that there were creatures, nephilim, who were on the face of the earth before the Flood. Those creatures concerning whom the narrator of Genesis was very careful not to call them “humans” or “living beings”, nor did he even say they lived on the earth but “were on the earth”, were the offspring of the sons of Elohim, who cohabited with the daughters of men. Who or more properly what were those creatures whom the women bore to the...

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How Woman was Created from Man

Posted by on May 30, 2021 in The Origin

Do we know how the first man and woman were created? The Creator first created man from the dust of the earth and then from his rib He created the woman. The Tanak commentators understand that the narrative of the creation of man and woman in Gen 1:27 and Gen 2:21 refers literally to one of Adam’s ribs from which the woman was created: the Creator put man to sleep, took one of his rib, and in what appears to be “genetic engineering” He created the woman....

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How the Creator Connects with the Soul

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 in The Origin

This article is a continuation of the article Nephesh, Neshamah, and Ruach of the soul. There are three levels or channels of communication between the Infinite Creator and man; they are: (1) inspiration through Ruach haKodesh, (2) the oracle of urim and tummim, (3) and prophecy. The access to YHVH Elohim by means of the urim and tummim was on a lower level than that of a prophet, but it represented a higher level than hearing inspired words through Ruach haKodesh. The...

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Nephesh, Neshamah, and Ruach of the Soul

Posted by on Apr 4, 2021 in The Origin

The Hebrew Scripture (Tanak) speaks of the human soul having three elements: nephesh, neshamah, and ruach.  The sages are divided in their views about the nature of the human soul. Some of them, such as Maimonides in his introduction to Pirke Avot chapter 1, claim that the soul is a single force with three sub-categories: (1) the category which houses our desires, something men have in common with the animals; (2) the source of growth, something possessed both by animals...

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