Torah Pearls #1 – Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

Torah Pearls Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8). The inaugural Torah Pearl kicks off with a “Portion101” and then, game on. Gap theory, hyper-literalism, parallelism, something from nothing or something from something? Old earth or young earth? Cosmic battle or crafty animal just doing his thing? What hovered . . . an angel, wind, the “Holy Spirit”? Interpretations abound, but to Gordon, sometimes an “et” is just an “et.” What was hot-wired into the sun and moon on the fourth day? Despite chapter manipulations by an Archbishop of Canterbury what climaxes the creation story—mankind or Shabbat? Moving away from theories and interpretations, Johnson shares his own take on the creation story—where the original language speaks to him in such a way that he sees and feels the darkness flee and the light be.

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42 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #1 – Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

  1. What I love about God our Father is that He does things past my understanding. I love what is written in 1:3 “Let there be light” and He hadn’t even created the moon or the sun yet! “His Spirit hovered over the surface of the water. ” I am in Awe of Him! And what Yochanan wrote in the first chapter lines right up with what is written in the beginning. Absolutely beautiful!

  2. I have a question about Gen. 2:4, in many English translations it says “these are the generations of the heavens and of the earth…” Could that be a correct translation from Hebrew and if so wouldn’t that lead us to think it wasn’t 6 literal days?

  3. In this exact moment I am listening to Torah Pearls, Genesis, and in my Bible in Spanish, in the first verse says: IN THE BEGINNING, WHEN GOD CREATED THE WORLD… the word which clears this verse is WHEN😊

  4. Thanks for your posts with the three which is a good way to discuss views of Torah and yet k3ping a good Spirit…

  5. Nehemia, have you every taken a long look at the Young’s Literal Translation? What do you think of the YLT’s translation of Genesis 4:26? Is that a good translation of that passage?


  6. Will you ever do a redo of Bereshit that covers the entire section? There are so many questions I and others have that we would benefit from a redo where you cover all of this section

  7. Animals (snake in the case of Gen.) vs. Humans

    Ah, how marvellous, now I get it and understand why I am being whispered to by my pets, they always get their treats that way, just realized this..thank you for giving me that comprehensive insight!

    I realize now how superior they are, they can tell me without speaking a word…

    (Only kidding)

    • Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

      Somehow I feel something might be missing in our understanding of the serpent as an animal. I am specifically referring to the conversation bit. Please may I ask whether the Hebrew text is the same in it’s translation and meaning?

      I do understand that Yehovah is wanting us to understand things and this may be the only way …of course most relate the serpent to satan, but I would be most appreciative in understanding the actually Hebrew meaning of the words and whether the english translation is missing some points?

      • In addition …

        Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:

        This begs the question :” How could Eve have been tempted by a serpent without vocal cords?

  8. Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void;

    I do have a question, :”Without form and void” What is the exact translation from the Hebrew text ?? Thank you for the answer.

    • Gen 1:2
      And the earth was without form, and void;
      Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Gesenius,1812
      Christopher Leo’s edition of Gesenius, published in 1825
      gives the meaning: “to be” or “to exist”, “to become”, “to be done”,

      The text in Gen.1:2 could be rendered “the earth had been created perfect and then it became without form, and void..
      However, this could possibly be a problem for those who believe in evolution.

    • UKJ, you might appreciate Gerald Schroeder’s take on the days of creation, “genesis and the big bang.” The earth came into being in rough form, then was brought to habitable condition. In other words, heaven and earth were created on day one, but in “kit form”, with some assembly required.

      • PS
        On a side note it seems that instead of gradual improvements on the earth , things are actually deteriorating, this could explain the lengthy life that people had in those days. It is only medical science that extends the life of people’s in our society.

  9. So that Genesis 1:1 actually tells us that “In the beginning” – “Created Elohim” – “at the heavens” – “and at the earth”. Nice to finally hear the correct meaning after 55 years. That isn’t being sarcastic either. Thank you Nehemia.

    One small oversight I’d like to mention though. In the beginning of what? My point being the whole purpose of a material universe is completely glossed over as per the usual. We think so small don’t we? I mean we haven’t a clue of a greater reality even existing do we? The greater reality existed before a created material universe ever did. For eternity past we haven’t a clue just as we haven’t a clue to eternity’s future. We have only the Creation made by the Creator for his story (Word). Genesis 1:1 begins the story, His Story (History) of the Creation that he made for his son(s).

    The greater reality is the ‘spirit world’ that has existed and will continue to exist when this material world no longer exists. The Adonai of Ruachs (Lord of Spirits) created the spirit within your own flesh (Psalm 139:13) when it was in your mothers womb. Yah is the EL (Mighty One) who judges (Psalm 82:1-8) Elohim (mighty ones) is he not? And wouldn’t that mean it was the mighty ones, the Elohim who helped in the creation of the material universe according to the Word of Genesis 1:1? I mean weren’t the Elohim there too? Doesn’t that say exactly just that in Genesis 1:1?

  10. I have to agree that in chapter one, Yehovah created and is written what Yehovah created. In chapter two gives the history of what He created. How and when. I would like to comment on something I love in chapter two. From a woman’s perspective. I love the thought of my Father, our Father. Causing the man to sleep while He formed me. I don’t know how much alone time Ishah had with our Father, but I, my alone time with Him. This is the time when I am free and truly am loved and safely I can love.

  11. Nehemia, Thank you for all these teachings. It is so wonderful to have a Hebrew perspective.

    On the light issue, I read this more along the lines of drawing back a curtain. It is as if the world is swaddled in a curtain of dark clouds and “let there be light” does not create the light, but rather draws back the curtain and lets the light in. The curtain is drawn back more and more until on the fourth day the sun, moon and stars become visible. The heavenly lights were not created on the fourth day, they only became visible on that day. The text seems to mention that, oh by the way, Elohim was the maker of these heavenly bodies also, but it doesn’t say when. I can’t read Hebrew well enough to know if this is all born out in the original text? Your thoughts?

    I read that YHVH created the universe in the beginning. Then, He came to a formless world and took six days to change it to support life. He may have made the universe in an instant but then why take six days, six light and dark periods, to form life on the planet? To show us Shabbat, of course. I don’t know how long it took to create the universe and if I was meant to know the Torah would have told me.

    • In Job38, YHVH says He set up the foundations of the earth, measures, sets the cornerstone, makes the morning stars appear, pours water over the earth and swaddles the earth in dark clouds. I see no reason our star (the Sun) wouldn’t appear at the same time as all the other stars. This is the condition of the planet at the beginning of the first day indicating that all these Job38 actions occurred before the first day. Job38 is part of Gen1:1 before we start on Gen1:2. I’m sure there were other things which make up Gen1:1 as well. How long does all this Gen1:1 stuff take? I don’t see any Torah answer? I doubt it takes 14.5 billion years and I am quite sure there was no Big Bang. All the morning stars shone together. Were the Sons of God (angels) created at the same time as the morning stars or did they exist before?

    • I think the seven creation days were both single days and thousand year periods. The seventh day comes right after the sixth. We are nearing the end of the sixth thousandth year period – one more thousand to go!

  12. Gerald Schroader, a brilliant Israeli physicist, wrote a book entitled, “Genesis and the Big Bang” that is a must read for anyone contemplating the accuracy of Bereshit verses what we theorize must have happened (step by step) in a big bang event.

  13. a snake really, its the fig. of speech ,hypacatastasis .see bullinger ,a person well versed, john w schoenheit ck, it out or not. im no schalor by any streach but yehovah loves to use figures of sp.your buddy Michael rood would a great deal about them from his background.

  14. Just to refer to the idea of ex Christians not tolerating Christian teachings, Some, perhaps most of us need to make a clear division between what we used to believe and what is truth. Otherwise it comes across as confusion. Perhaps after coming to a stand and being settled, then to look at the other side might be more comfortable. People in a process are on a journey and don’t want to look back. Thanks for your very good study on Bereshit!

  15. YHWH Elohim alone created the heavens the earth, the seas, and fountains of water, so fear Him, because the hour of His judgment occurs without fail. This is the good news folks. Read Revelations 14:6-7, and don’t believe the misconception that Yahushua Messiah created anything. That is not what Scripture teaches.
    All things were created through, by, or for Yahushua, meaning that YHWH created all things with Yahushua in His heart to make everything filled. Yahushua fills the feast days, etc… Yahushua IS The Prophet of whom Mosheh spoke, etc…
    Written in love for Abbas people,
    Laurie Jo

  16. After listening this episode about Creation part for many times, I came to my personal conclusion. When God create the universe, from day 1-6, it before human time, so IMHO the “day” length were different with what we know now. After day 6th, Adam life in Eden, in my understanding, it is not on the earth we know now. We don’t know (or I don’t know) how long the different time between Adam and Eve creations.

    Now, if in bible stated the age of Adam, is that his age after he became mortal, or since he created by God? Also, when Adam created, he already in mature age (not in cute baby form).

    So whatever the theory is, my faith to Jehovah as Creator is still the same.

  17. ____________________________________

    Genesis 1:1-2partial
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep…

    Isaiah 45:18-19
    For so says YHVH, Creator of the heavens; He is God, forming the earth and making it; He makes it stand, not creating it empty/vain, (but) forming it to be inhabited. I am YHVH, and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth. I did not say to Jacob’s seed, Seek Me in vain. I YHVH speak righteousness, declaring right things.

    hayah – to be, to become, to be made or done, to exist, to come to pass, to be over, ended, gone by


    I have heard that …
    Water + Particular Sound Frequency = Full Spectrum of Light
    Any scientists out there? Is this true? If so, any reliable scientific journal articles (or the like) to which someone could point me?


    Any opinions on the use of “eth” and “ha”?


    Opinions …. double helix or rib, or both?


    Yes, it is true that some Christians such as myself view the serpent as more than a serpent. Likewise…

    Ezekiel 28:11-19
    And the word of YHVH was to me, saying, Son of man, lift up a lament over the king of Tyre, and say to him, So says the Lord YHVH: You seal the measure, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone (was) your covering, the ruby, the topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; the sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald, and gold. The workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes in you, in the day you were created, they were prepared. You (were) the anointed cherub that covers, and I had put you in the holy height of God, (where) you were. You walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until iniquity was found in you. By the multitude of your trade they filled your midst (with) violence, and you sinned. So I cast you profaned from the height of God, and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from among the stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. I have cast you to the ground. I will put you before kings, that they may see you. By the host of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade, you have profaned your holy places; thus I brought a fire from your midst; it shall devour you, and I will give you for ashes on the earth, in the sight of all who see you. All who know you among the peoples shall be appalled at you; you shall be terrors, and you will not be forever.

    I have heard that that word can also mean naked. Is that true? Any comments?


    According to Geza Vermes, “Various Qumran caves have yielded for the first time the original Aramaic text of one of the major Pseudepigrapha, the Book of Enoch, which was previously known from a complete Ethiopic translation…”. While Vermes states that , “The [content] differences they display concern partly the structure of the work…” and also that “There are also noticeable stylistic divergences which may be attributable more to the absence of a unified text of Enoch than to the work of the Ethiopic translator”, I nonetheless find some of it interesting. Below is an extract from 4Q206, along with a quote from the Epistle of Jude. I am aware that the comparison is a huge stretch, but nonetheless it’s interesting to me and so I figured to share. [Note: The two passages from 4Q206 (below of which is one) that Vermes includes in his volume, according to him, “testify to a recension noticeably different from the corresponding Ethiopic version.”]

    4Q206 I xxii
    … [the soul] of all the sons of man. And behold, these are the pits for their prison. They were made thus until the day of their judgement, until the final day of the great judgement which will be imposed on them. vacat There I saw the spirit of a dead man complaining and his moaning rising to heaven and crying and complaining…

    Jude 1:6
    And those angels not having kept their first place, but having deserted their dwelling-place, He has kept in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of a great day


    Just man
    Perfect generations
    Walked with God


    Matthew 24:36-37
    But about that day and the hour, no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, except my Father only. But as the days of Noah, so also will be the coming of the Son of man. For as they were in the days before the flood: eating, and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah went into the ark — and they did not know until the flood came and took all away — so also will be the coming of the Son of man.


    Rev 12:7-9
    And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

    • Very interesting, thank you.

      I would like to throw in the following questions:

      ‘Why did Jehovah bring in the flood upon such an ungodly and wicked world, when the world carried on as before after the flood ? ‘

      Could it be that it had to do with the “DNA”, which became completly corrupted by these wicked spirits ?(who took wifes from the human race)

      Could this explain Noah and his family as the only Humans with DNA still uncorrupted as to represent Humans made in the image of Jehovah? Just wondering.

      • Yes, exactly. That’s why it says Noah was “perfect in his generations.” This is the only time in the bible this phrase is used. I don’t think it means Noah was perfect, but rather that he had no corrupt DNA.

        I first read this in a Jewish commentary. This fallen angel corruption has been a Jewish idea for centuries, maybe even prior to Jesus.

  18. Nehemia could the ruach be the breath of Elohim when He spoke it havered (lol) over or caused a flutter or ripple effect as He spoke and the very sound waves from His speaking caused things to come into existence? I know I get a little out there sometimes but this is what I see in my minds eye as Yehovah begins to speak those words, it was like the sound waves caused a ripple effect over the water….I know! Way out there right? Have you seen those videos where the sound waves cause different beautiful patterns to form? THINKING outside the box!

  19. Can someone please refer Keith to Proverbs 8? There the messiah witnesses YHWH creating. He has no hand in the creation. The Qur’an confirms this (latter) matter, in agreement with the Tanakh. Christians seem confused by the John 1:1-3. It should be interpreted:

    “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was [the will of] God. This is the one was in the beginning with God (Prov. 8:22,29, Micah 5:2). Through him everything [with purpose] came into being and without him nothing that exists came into being [with purpose].”

    • Nicholas Mansfield… EX-SQUEEZE ME, dear…!

      Proverbs 8 says… “I, WISDOM…” which I believe you & I BOTH agree is Yeshua/ Messiah.

      He most CERTAINLY DID have a hand in the creation… & I will show you how.

      ‘Gen 1:1…
      In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’

      Bereshit… in the beginning… has not been fully translated correctly in the English. It SHOULD read… ‘With WISDOM God Created…’

  20. On the question of time during creation week, it is very simple. Light is not necessary to provide a measure of time. All that is needed is a regular motion and a reference point. The rotation of the earth is a regular motion. We need light in relation to observing the passage of time as a means of communicating the information to us. The creation of the lamps on Day 4 (described by an observer on this planet) added a reference point for human observation of days, as well as mechanisms for months and years. But they were not necessary for the measurement of time on Day One.

    There are things in the solar system which support the young-earth viewpoint. One is the recession of the moon. It is slowly getting further from the earth (and I can never remember whether it is an inch a yer or only a centimetre a year). Projected back in time, this points to increasingly violent tides. Well within the time scale postulated by evolutionists, the tides would have been too violent to match the scenario they propose. Secondly, the rings of Saturn are falling onto the planet at such a rate that it is very unlikely that they are millions of years old. Thirdly, when the Voyager probes were being launched, Russell Humphries proposed readings for the magnetic fields of some of the outer planets and their moons, based upon a Genesis chapter 1 model with young-earth assumptions. His predictions were ridiculed as being too far from what other people expected on an evolutionary model. But the measurements from the Voyager probes vindicated Russell Humphries’ model. Fourthly, the lack of significant quantities of meteorite dust on the moon, coupled with the distribution of craters on the moon and Mars, also imply a recent date of origin and a unique and relatively short-lived burst of impacts. There are still enough lumps of rock in the solar system to continue to do damage, but not enough to match an evolutionary time scale. Fifthly, the relatively short life of comets, and the lack of any observations of the postulated Oort Cloud (postulated to explain why we still have comets if the solar system is hundreds or thousands of millions of years old) fits better with a young earth model.

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