Origens version of Genesis 1:2

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Chalcidius attributes to Origen an interpretation of the phrase Hebrew letter bet in Genesis 1:2 which personifies the earth: terra autem stupida quadam erat admiratione. This can be explained by noting that Genesis Rabba on Genesis 1:2 supports a similar interpretation of Hebrew letter bet, probably on the basis of the Aramaic roots and Hebrew letter bet, both of which denote amazement or perplexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-182
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Theological Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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