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Beginning
Preliminary
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beginning
Beginning [Heb. rē’šîṯ; Gk. archḗ]. A word generally used with reference to time, but also having meaning in the categories of eternity and quality. The temporal use is found in Ex. 12:2; etc., and is probably found also in Gen. 1:1, where the construct state probably indicates a translation such
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beginning
BEGINNING. The word “beginning” appears in Gen 1:1 and Jn 1:1 in a specialized, absolute sense. In Gen 1:1 the beginning is not the first of the creative acts, but rather the act by which the whole of creation is initiated. The beginning is thus apart from that which begins, transcending time (cf. “the
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Bereshith
Bereshith (Heb. בְּרֵאשִׁית, ‘in the beginning’). The first word of the Hebrew text of *Genesis and hence the Hebrew name for the Book.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Beginning
BEGINNING (Heb. rē˒shı̂t, “first”). “In the beginning” (Gen. 1:1) is used in an absolute sense. However, the “beginning” of John 1:1 used of Christ, the Logos, antedates that of Gen. 1:1 and refers to the eternal preexistence of the Son. Genesis 1:1 merely gives the commencement of the physical universe
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEGINNING
BEGINNING<be-gin’-ing> (רֵאשִׁית‎ [re’-shith]; [ἀρχή, arche]): The natural meaning of the word is with reference to time. The primitive Greek root means “to be long,” “to draw out.” Thus, it is used to refer to some point of time long drawn out, or long past (Genesis 1:1). It is used also to
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Beginning
BEGINNING, bē̇-gin’ing (רֵאשִׁית‎, rē’shīth; ἀρχή, archḗ): The natural meaning of the word is with reference to time. The primitive Gr root means “to be long,” “to draw out.” Thus it is used to refer to some point of time long drawn out, or long past (Gen 1:1). It is used also to express the inauguration
Key passages
Ge 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth—

Jn 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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