Thursday, January 07, 2021

Who’s more confused?

A Genesis 4:1 NET Bible footnote counters a Trinitarian claim. For reference, the NIV presents Eve as saying: “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth [Footnote: “Or have acquired”] a man.” The NET Bible footnote reads:

Heb “with the LORD.” The particle אֶת־ ('et) is not the accusative/object sign, but the preposition “with” as the ancient versions attest. Some take the preposition in the sense of “with the help of” (see BDB 85 s.v. אֵת; cf. NEB, NIV, NRSV), ...

Some understand אֶת־ as the accusative/object sign and translate, “I have acquired a man - the LORD.” They suggest that the woman thought (mistakenly) that she had given birth to the incarnate LORD, the Messiah who would bruise the Serpent’s head. This fanciful suggestion is based on a questionable allegorical interpretation of Gen 3:15.

It is also based on the questionable assumption that Eve thought that she could give birth to God as a baby! There’s nothing hinting at such a concept in the context. A “fanciful suggestion” indeed!

Furthermore, the LORD is a surrogate for Jehovah, who is identified in the Bible as God, the Father: Jesus declared that the Father person is the “only true God” in John 17:1-5 in accords with divine revelation seen in Deuteronomy 32:6, Isaiah 63:16, 64:8, Jeremiah 31:9, Psalm 89:26 and Malachi 2:10, which all in one way or another identify God or Jehovah as the Father. The Father was not to be the Messiah. Thus, Trinitarianism has produced a very confused theology where the Father is his Son.

So while Eve was confused about how she produced her son, some Trinitarians are even more confused about it than she was.

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