Ya’acov saw Elohim (God) face to face…

And, the kicker is that He was in the form of a man…  The Hebrew could not be clearer.  In Hebrew, from Genesis 32:24, 30:

(32:25) ויותר יעקב לבדו ויאבק אישׁ עמו עד עלות השׁחר׃

(32:31) ויקרא יעקב שׁם המקום פניאל כי־ראיתי אלהים פנים אל־פנים ותנצל נפשׁי׃

The Schottenstein Chumash translates these verses as follows:

v24    Left alone > was Jacob > by himself > and a man wrestled > with him > until > the rise > of the dawn.

v.30    So Jacob called > the name > of the place > Peniel >> For > I have seen > the Divine (Elohim) > face- > to- > face, > yet saved > was my life.  (Parenthesis mine)

The only thing I really wish right now is that I had an electronic version of the Schottenstein to search and find how many (or, how few) times they translate אלהים (Elohim) as ‘Divine’ instead of the usual rendering of ‘God.’  I do notice that at least within this story they are consistent in translating v.28 as having ‘struggled with the Divine…’

Bottom line: For those who say God can not take the form of a man, nor can He be seen, this short passage is the death knell.  The Hebrew is crystal clear if simply read in the p’shat.

 

About Pete Rambo

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2 Responses to Ya’acov saw Elohim (God) face to face…

  1. Sue in NC says:

    Reblogged this on The Lamb's Servant and commented:
    Thanks to Pete Rambo for bringing this to light 🙂

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  2. Pingback: ‘…to God who appeared to you…’ | natsab

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