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SECRETS OF GENESIS 1:1

PROF. M. M. NINAN

FOREWORD

The Old Testament is the scripture of the Judaism and also the scripture of Jesus and the disciples of Jesus.  It was written in Hebrew. When Jesus spoke about scripture Jesus was speaking about the Old Testament in Hebrew.   The name Septuagint (from the Latin septuaginta, “70”) was derived later from the legend that there were 72 translators, 6 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, who worked independently to translate the whole and ultimately produced identical versions. The translators were sent to Alexandria by Eleazar, the chief priest at Jerusalem, at the request of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285–246 BC)  This Greek translation was produced because many Jews spread throughout the world were beginning to lose their Hebrew language and Greek was the Lingua Franca of most of the civilized world at that time. The Septuagint was also a source of the Old Testament for early Christians during the first few centuries AD. Many early Christians spoke and read Greek, thus they relied on the Septuagint translation for most of their understanding of the Old Testament. The New Testament writers also relied heavily on the Septuagint, as a majority of Old Testament quotes cited in the New Testament are quoted directly from the Septuagint (others are quoted from the Hebrew texts). Greek church fathers are also known to have quoted from the Septuagint. Even today, the Eastern Orthodox Church relies on the Septuagint for its Old Testament teachings.

With the reliance on Septuagint instead of original Hebrew OT, many of the basic interpretations based on the Hebrew were lost to the Christian interpreters.

Among them many of the statements of Jesus lost their significance.
John 5:
45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.

John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures,” Jesus says, “because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.”

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.…

But a search in the English Bible and other language translations would not lead to the discovery of Jesus especially the John 1:1-3 portion. It is this aspect I am trying to explain using the original Hebrew Gen 1:1 verse.

We find Jesus the Word as the creator tucked in untranslated in the verse and all over the bible in every page. Search the scriptures, you will be surprised yourself.

Prof.M.M.Ninan

Normal, IL