the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. He is the breath of God which disperses His life-force, His energy and His intentions/mind. Simply stated, God is described in both masculine and feminine imagery in the opening verses of Genesis. In the first verse, God, Elohim, creates the heavens and the earth. Deuteronomy 32 was the Song of Moses, which many scholars consider to be a part of the earliest and most sacred of the Hebrew traditions.8 Since this was originally an oral tradition, the priestly poet writing down Genesis 1:2 may well have memorized and repeated over and over the verses from the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32. But when the attributive adjective ("holy") is used, it always refers to the Holy Spirit. " Throughout the Bible, we see the Holy Spirit power used to empower individuals for specific tasks. When it says the Holy Spirit came “upon” Joshua, as well as others, it speaks of a “special anointing” of the Holy Spirit – not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I now have this awesome certitude that, as a woman, I have been defined in the Hebrew Scripture as made in the image and likeness of God.21, Sign up for our newsletter to receive our most up-to-date news, articles, and information. In summary, in the first two verses of Genesis there is a parallel construction between the masculine and feminine. There is only one God and He is the third divine person of the Trinity. For those of us who are Christians there is something that has been lost since around the 2nd-3rd century after Jesus walked the earth. Bible verses about the Holy Spirit. Thus, the “spirit of God hovering” is a metaphorical allusion to the feminine in God. He is invisible and like wind, because He can be felt or experienced, but not seen. The short answer is that if this is true, then the Spirit is also an “it” since the Greek word for “spirit” (πνευμα) is neuter. To begin with it is important to realize that out of the 378 occurrences of the term “spirit” in the Old Testament it actually means “wind” or “breath,” not “spirit,” ab… In the Old Testament, he is also referred to as the Spirit, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of the Lord. The same Hebrew word used for “spirit” (neshamah) in this verse is the word translated “breath” in Genesis 2:7! Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible (2) Prophecy, Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible (1) Things the Holy Spirit Does, More On the Holy Spirit in the First Testament | Christianity 201. Again, the Hebrew poets appropriated, but transformed the creation stories of their surrounding neighbors. Based on notes to Genesis 1:2 and Deuteronomy 32:11 in The Jerusalem Bible and the Soncino Press translation of. An easy-to-use style plus the benefits of the Strong's Dictionary numbering system makes this study Bible one for every student of God's Word, no matter what age. The noun is masculine and the verb ending is masculine. God is invisible and spirit (i.e., non-body) - ( John 4:24; Luke 24:39; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17 ). קָדְשׁוֹ), also occur (when a possessive suffix is added the definite article ha is dropped). This God of the Hebrews was also demythologized. Interviews with Rabbi Isaac VandeWalle, then head rabbi at Cnesses Israel Congregation, Green Bay, WI, summer 1978. R. xxxv. The longer answer is that Hebrew … New American Standard Bible The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, NASB 1995 American Jewish Committee, New York City. Your email address will not be published. Messiah had the title of “Anointed” (Psalm 2:2) It has taken me a long time to come to this understanding—in fact, forty years of wandering through Scripture study groups, prayer meditations and graduate school. Then even later in the Wisdom literature, including Proverbs and the apocryphal books of Wisdom and Sirach, this holy spirit of God was identified with Lady Wisdom (Prov. The Holy Spirit is a she. The Holy Spirit is identified with the feminine spirit of Wisdom in the Catholic Apocrypha. The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” which means “apartness, sacredness,” or “separateness” showing that God is altogether holy, sacred, set apart or separate from His creation. In the process I’ve had two books published, Woman: Image of the Holy Spirit and Elohim. Interview, October 1978. Jos 5:1 - And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit H7307 in them any more, because of the children of Israel. The Canaanites worshiped the goddess Elat. Lev. My foundational concept of the feminine in God is in Genesis in the introduction, where God is described with both masculine and feminine nouns and verbs, as Elohim and ruach Elohim. 3c, above, and parallel passage). This is poetry.18 This is metaphor. These words for God come out of the ancient Near East, where Gods and goddesses abounded;14 Astarte and Baal are examples. In the process I’ve had two books published, Woman: Image of the Holy Spirit and Elohim. 42:1–9).The passage summarizes the redeeming work of all three Persons of the Trinity in the salvation of the lost. This is why no material thing was ever to be used to represent God ( Exodus 20:4 ). 7). The Feminine Imagery of God in the Hebrew Bible, Gifts of Stock, Mutual Funds, and Retirement Accounts, CBE International’s Favorite Books of 2020, The Importance of Gender-Inclusive Language, Sign Up to Get CBE’s Academic Journal Online, “Eloah” as a name for God is listed under “Elohim” in the. The pious act through the Holy Spirit (Tan., Wayeḥi, 14); whoever teaches the Torah in public partakes of the Holy Spirit (Cant. Blenkinsopp, Joseph, contributor to The Jerusalem Bible; interview 1974. Any meaningful understanding of the Holy Spirit of God in the Bible will need to begin with an understanding of the term “spirit.” The various ways ruakh (“spirit”) is used in the Hebrew Bible contributes a great deal to our understanding of the revelation of the person and divinity of the Holy “Spirit” in the Old Testament and in the New. It also helps develop the argument that the feminine imagery is integral to the original Hebrew concept of God.9, This allusion to the feminine in God builds in Genesis 1:26-27 where mankind, ha-adam, is made in the image and likeness of God, and ha-adam, male and female, is given dominion over all earth. The noun, spirit or breath or wind, is feminine, and the verb ending is feminine. Although the feminine in God was transformed and lifted into the realm of spirit, it was not eliminated. The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible combines essential tools for Hebrew and Greek with translations that are accurate and clear. Sexuality of male and female was treated as allegory and symbol within the essence of God. From Scripture we learn that the Holy Spirit is God. We are one in the Lord. R. i. The Hebrews emphasized the ruach Elohim, identified with the mother eagle of Deuteronomy 32:11. But the Holy Spirit clearly is not female or a woman. Wherever this word ruach appears in the Hebrew, the translation of it is highlighted with bold and yellow. This ruach Elohim (Gen. 1:2) is identified with the mother eagle of Deuteronomy 32:11. A devotional study of the Holy Spirit which looks at His ministry throughout Scripture as revealed in the names the Bible gives Him. It allows for the unity of the married couple in our Christian sacramental teachings in which man and wife become two in one flesh. God in Genesis 1 is Elohim, a masculine plural form most often used with a singular verb. It is a person. קָדְשְׁ "ruach qedosh") is only found three times in the Old Testament. Joseph is empowered to understand and interpret dreams, an artist named Betzalel is empowered to create beautiful things for the tabernacle, and a group of people - the prophets - are empowered to bring messages from God to the people of Israel and to see what is happening from God's point of view. Enjoy this website? 1, 1988 ed., pp. Aleph (1) and Bet (2) equal Gimmel (3), suggesting that Gimmel (3) represents the Holy Spirit proceeding forth from the Father (Aleph) and the Son (Bet). The Jerusalem Bible, commentary on Genesis. They demythologized the gods of the surrounding Canaanite culture, revealing God as a more spiritualized concept.15 In so doing, they eliminated the fertility gods and goddesses, and they taught that God is One. In Genesis 8:8 Noah sends out a dove to see if the flood waters had receded, but one should not interpret this as Noah sending out the Holy Spirit. It is not theology as I think of theology. In 1 Samuel 10:1, 6, 9 we discover that King Saul was anointed and the Holy Spirit was actively present in his life and changed his heart. God (a masculine noun) creates by his Word, and life begins as the spirit (a feminine noun) of God hovers over the earth with her life-giving breath.6, The Hebrew word for God in Genesis 1 is Elohim. In 1 Samuel 16:13 we are told that the Holy Spirit came upon King David. For women, the significance is that the ruach Elohim of Genesis 1:2 is a feminine noun accompanied with a feminine-ending verb form, m’rechephet. 3. These include the parallel description of Genesis 1:1 of the masculine God Elohim creating the heavens and the earth, followed by the description in Genesis 1-2 of the ruach Elohim, or Spirit of God, in feminine noun and verb form with its allusion to God as a mother eagle in Deuteronomy 32:11. The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible (2) Prophecy. The basis of this claim was that the Hebrew word for “spirit” (ruach) is feminine. Life began with the living breath of the Spirit of God, the ruach Elohim. There are profound metaphors of God as feminine in the Hebrew Old Testament. In the Western church, we rightly (in my view) believe in the procession of the Spirit from the Father and the Son. Further, it can be expanded into our ecumenical concepts of the ways in which people follow Christ. I view this allusion to the feminine in Genesis 1:2 as a brilliant synthesis. Now, in my maturing years, it is all coming together. The Holy Spirit first appears in the second verse of the Bible, in the account of creation : It allows for our Christian concept of the mystical body of Christ: We are one breed. I personally believe this was part of their genius. So, in the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth. it likewise can refer to spirit/Spirit, wind, or breath.] Many feel that in so much of the Bible, the inspired priestly poets, scribes, and prophets rearranged topics and verses.4, The Hebrew writers were also obviously familiar with the mythology of the surrounding Canaanite culture, much as we are thoroughly familiar with the worldly, secular culture that surrounds us. The verb m’rechephet is identical to the verb used in Deuteronomy 32:11 where God is compared to a mother eagle: God upholds Israel as an eagle hovers and spreads her wings. Scholars call this poetic section the Elohistic account of Creation because of the divine name used predominantly throughout and consider it to be newer than the earlier Yahwist (another divine name) account of the creation of Adam and Eve in chapter 2. Both words are commonly used in passages referring to the Holy Spirit. I believe that Genesis 1:2 was a deliberate allusion to the ancient poetical Song. In Hebrew, the … The Hebrew counterpart (rûach) has the same range of meaning as 4151 (pneúma), i.e. We are one body. We are one in the Spirit. Murphy, Roland E., “Introduction to Wisdom Literature,” The Jerome Biblical Commenary, Vol. In the second verse, the ruach Elohim m’reche-phet, the spirit of God hovers. This is imagery. This is the second installment of a multi-part series exploring the activity of the Holy Spirit through the Bible. There the Holy Spirit is identified as the Spirit of Jesus. Tip: to find an exact phrase or title, enclose it in quotation marks. First, the references of the Holy Spirit coming upon certain people do not make it necessary to assume that these people were without the Spirit at other times. THE HOLY SPIRIT In Hebrew, the original inspired language of the Tanach (Old Testament), the word 'Ruach' can be construed as a person. It is poetic imagery of God. To summarize the priceless teaching of the Hebrew Bible on the Spirit of God into one article is almost an impossible task. So perhaps “he” is correct, but recognising that in English “he” implies far more than “he” in greek or Hebrew. Our spirit is the deepest part of our being and was created by God to contact and receive Him. Second, it includes the description in Genesis 1:26-27 of ha-adam, mankind, male and female, as the image and likeness of God.11, The poetic imagery of God in Genesis 1-2:4 spins in my mind in ever-widening circles of the concept of God in feminine form. 9, end; comp. The Hebrew Scripture contains rich and sometimes even unique material about the Spirit of the Lord, so those specific thoughts are not repeated in the Newer Testament. Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Spirit Within You. In Greek, both masculine and neuter words are used to refer to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit conducts Elijah, who brings the dead to life (Yer. The truth will be revealed by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). We might note that in the Hebrew language, in which the Old Testament was written, the word translated "spirit," ruach, is referred to with feminine pronouns. On occasion this poetic imagery is allegorized literally as female; most often the feminine appears in the Hebrew Bible in metaphor and allegory, as in Deuteronomy 32:18b where God, here named Eloah, gives birth to Israel in groaning and travail as of a woman giving birth.1 In later Jewish writings in the midrashim, or stories, the Shekhinah, or Divine Presence, is depicted literally in female form.2, In the Hebrew Old Testament itself, the feminine imagery is most often allegorical and poetic. That is, anointing implied the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the king. Just like the Father and Son, the Spirit is depicted as a Creator. This word also means “wind.” The word “kodesh” comes from the word “kadosh” that means “holy.” Ru•ach Ha•ko•désh is mentioned 55 times in the New Testament. However, the Lord inspired these writers of Scripture to reinterpret what they found.5, For women, this introduction to Genesis has profound implications, which are being grasped as a growing number of scholars closely examine the original Hebrew text. Rather, it became described in allegory and metaphor. Yet the feminine is there in the language incorporating the feminine principle into the very essence of God.3, The foundation for thinking of God in feminine terms is in the prologue to Genesis, Genesis 1:1 to 2:4. Male and female are in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). In the New Testament, he is sometimes called the Spirit of Christ. Genesis 2:7 no material thing was ever to be used to represent God ( 1:26-27. Wi, summer 1978 there be light and Baal are examples through the.. 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