[Based on a teaching by Andrew Gabriel Roth]
The first word of the Scriptures is the Hebrew word «bereshith» normally translated <In the beginning…>
The Targum of Onkelos uses the Aramaic equivalent «bekadmin».
This expression, when used, as here, in the plural, is sometimes put for “eternity.” Compare «Onkelos» on Deuteronomy 33:27, «Eloha de-milkadmin», “the Eternal Eloha (God),” or, “Eloha who is from eternity,” with Jonathan (Targum) on Micah 5:2, “Messiah…whose name is called «milkadmin» from eternity.”
Many Rabbis have translated «bereshith»/«bekadmin» as a plural. «bereshith»/«bekadmin» can be translated “In the beginnings”, “In the first times”(Onkelos-Ethridge), indicating that more than one creation is going on.
Breaking down «bereshith»:
bar = son
bara = created
resh = head or chief
shith = can be a symbol of time, can also mean the number six (6) in Aramaic
Bereshith – The Son was created at the head of the six (days of creation) or
The son was created before the six days of creation.
Yeshua himself declared to the Pharisees:
John 8:58 58. יהושע said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Aḇraham came to be, I am. יהושע→Yehoshua; Yeshua is short for Yehoshua; Yeshua's words in purple
The very first word of the Torah, the very first word in all the Scriptures tells us that Yeshua the Messiah was created before the six days of creation, He existed before time existed, He has preeminence and first place in everything that exists.
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