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comment Commentaries concerning the meaning of Breishit 1:1
@Ypnypn I'm not too specific, although I'd prefer older sources to more modern ones
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comment Commentaries concerning the meaning of Breishit 1:1
Yes, that is much more similar, although I'd think the vav in v'noach is more similar, since it actually begins the pasuk.
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comment Commentaries concerning the meaning of Breishit 1:1
The vav here isn't the same vav as in other places – things like Vayomer indicate one event that succeeds another and the vav is part of the grammatical form, but here it isn't...
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
let us continue this discussion in chat
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
@HodofHod Angels - No. Angels are essentially vessels for God's will. They have no initiative of their own. Sorcerers: No. There is a difference between humans with superhuman abilities (beseeched from others) and superhuman beings, although if their power is innate then maybe. Giants: Hmmm... Maybe..? If they're just humans scaled up, then probably not.
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
@HodofHod good point, although I think all that is meant by 'god' in the Biblical sense is superhuman being, whatever that may entail - more a god in the greek sense rather then a God as we conceive of it.
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
@HodofHod a very interesting answer you cite. I will only note that even if "the Egyptian gods" refer to so-called gods, that still means they accepted the existence of other autonomous powerful beings, which is the only thing we need to be concerned with. A so-called god is still a 'god', in any sense it is meaningful to discuss.
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
@DoubleAA What other understanding of Gods (pl) could one have? God by nature is infinite in all respects - to discuss multiple things of that nature doesn't mean anything...
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comment Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
@ShmuelBrin Could you expound on that - I'm not familiar with the phase?
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answered Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?
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comment Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
Another good section to start discussion with is the 4 sons - especially the same wording used with both the rasha and chacham
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