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The Opening of Hebrew Matthew and the Torah

The Opening of Hebrew Matthew and the Torah
by
James Scott Trimm

I want to share with you something about the beauty of the original Hebrew of Matthew which can only bee seen in the actual Hebrew, but I am going to present it in a way that you can understand even inf you cannot read Hebrew.

The very first verse to the original Hebrew Matthew has a very interesting parallel to the very first verse of the Torah.

The opening verse of Torah reads:

"In the Beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1)

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

While the opening verse of Hebrew Matthew reads:

"These are the generations of Yeshua, the son of David, the son of Avraham." (Matt. 1:1)

אלה תולדות ישוע בן דוד בן אברהם

Both phrases have exactly seven words.  Both phrases can be divided into two halves: The first three words form an initial phrase and the last four words give us two short phrases of two words each:

"In the Beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1)

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

While the opening verse of Hebrew Matthew reads:

"These are the generations of Yeshua, the son of David, the son of Avraham." (Matt. 1:1)

אלה תולדות ישוע בן דוד בן אברהם

In both cases the first word is an introductory word ("in the beginning" and "these".  The second word is a verb indicating something is being generated  or created and the third word is a noun ("Yeshua" and "Elohim").

 

In Gen. 1:1 Elohim is creating and in Mt. 1:1 Yeshua is being generated.

The next phrase also runs parallel.  In both cases we have two phrases in which an initial word points to the word following.

 

In Matthew the two phrases point to the words David and Avraham as the source of the generation taking place.

In Genesis the two phrases point to the two words "heaven" and "earth" as the object of the creation taking place.

Additionally Messiah is both the ALEF and TAV את of Gen. 1:1 and the parallel בן "son" of Matt, 1:1.

In the original Hebrew the author is presenting the inverse concept of Gen. 1:1 with parallel sentence structure (very similar to antithetic parallelism)

In Gen. 1:1 Elohim creates the Heavens and the Earth.

In Mt. 1:1 Yeshua is generated by David and Avraham.

In the opening phrase of the Torah, ELOHIM generates the creation and ironically in the opening phrase of Hebrew Matthew, the creation is generating the Messiah.

  

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