Hebrew Is Awesome

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I’m preparing a message for Christmas Eve today and plan on tracing through some Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. First on the list, Genesis 3:15.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
between her offspring and your offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.

I’m reading Victor P. Hamilton’s commentary on Genesis, the passage about the Fall, and came across this incredible passage. The first recorded sin in the Bible is just 8 little words.

“wattiqqaḥ mippiryô wattōʾḵal wattittēn gam-leʾîšāh ʿimmāh wayyōʾḵal”

Now, I know that looks nearly impossible to read transliterated like that. It’s consonant city. But this is the fascinating thing, it’s just as tricky to read in the original language. The words are extremely difficult to pronounce back to back like that in Hebrew. Which means that when you read it, you have to concentrate extraordinarily on every single word.

All this weight, all this gravitas added to the most tragic event in history, just by the way the words are read.

Fascinating.