Is “ETH” In Genesis 1:1 A Reference To The Messiah?
Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created (eth) the heavens and the earth".
Eth appears immediately after “created” and is not translated into the English translations because it is a non-translatable word that functions more as a grammatical annunciation than a word. Strong's says that “eth” is “generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely”. Hence, “eth” simply emphasizes the fact that God created “even” or “namely, the heavens and the earth”.
Some have falsely alleged that the non-translatable grammatical annunciation “eth” found in Genesis 1:1 somehow contains a hidden meaning for Jesus the Messiah being the A to Z of the Hebrew Alphabet. However, it would be inconsistent to claim that “eth” (the letters A to Z in Hebrew) has a deeper meaning other than its ordinary usage throughout the Hebrew Bible. “Eth” is used about 11,000 times in the Hebrew Scriptures without ever being used as a reference to the Messiah or as a reference to the A to Z of the Hebrew alphabet. Therefore “eth” must serve as a grammatical function to annunciate the object of a verb or preposition in a similar way that the English words “even” or “namely” are used. For example, Genesis 10:8 says that “Cush fathered “eth” Nimrod ...” In other words, Cush fathered the person announced as Nimrod, “namely” or “even” Nimrod.
Genesis 2:6 says, “a mist use to rise from the ground to water “eth” the whole surface of the ground” Eth simply emphasizes or annunciates the fact that “a mist use to rise from the ground to water (even or namely) the whole surface of the ground”.
Eth is never used in the Hebrew Scriptures for the A to Z in the Hebrew alphabet, nor is it used for God’s foreordained plan for creation. If “eth” refers to the Messiah as the alpha and omega (the A to Z in the Greek alphabet) or God's A to Z plan for creation in Genesis 1:1, then the meaning of “ETH” is rendered meaningless in the other 11049 times it is used in the Hebrew Bible. Therefore it is difficult to connect “eth” in Genesis 1:1 to Christ's statements in Revelation 1:8 and Revelation 22:13 in which Jesus is identified as the Alpha and Omega (the A to Z in the Greek alphabet).
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