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A fresh look at the opening of the Hebrew Bible
bereishis 1:1
-  at the place of entry the key is often hidden  -
Creation‘s Heartbeat: the Bible‘s Entry Code in Genesis 1:1.
The first verse of the Bible invites us to bring into the open that which is hidden. The Creator of life knows how to compress, transfer and secure vital information. How might the Creator speak to us in the beginning?
Creation‘s Heartbeat breaks new ground through close study of the Hebrew of Genesis 1:1. Hebrew scholars have long known that the Bible provides a series of hints remazim and secretssodot . With diligence much can be brought to light, for "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." (Proverbs 25:2)
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Using traditional Hebraic rules of interpretation, the study considers the Hebrew in the form it occurs to discover what the first four words actually tell us. At different levels and using different approaches, the findings point to the same message: the heart of the Bible message is hidden at its beginning. When unlocked, Genesis 1:1 points to a history and plan for creation and a profound resolution that involves us.
But how can we possibly test what we find? The enquiry adheres to strict principles, is tightly focused, and applies a battery of tests to the results. This approach prevents the number of possible words, hints and meanings to be found within Genesis 1:1 from multiplying. Indeed, the reader is challenged to find any other possible way to read the message hidden within the first verse.
The book aims to: demonstrate the value of Bible study, challenge students of Torah and Talmud, and provoke thought in those who may disdain the Bible
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Outline
Part One identifies four bases for a rigorous approach so that our enquiry is tightly focussed and proceeds within strict principles, guidelines and reference points. Ten tests for the results are specified. The Hebrew letters are considered in the order and form that they occur; there is no shake or shuffle or number counting. Ten steps are set out for the enquiry to follow. The expectations of what the opening words can reveal are set unreasonably high in this enquiry. That way, they cannot be met by human reason or by a human author.
Part Two: In no other creation account is there a being who completely transcends all of creation and who simply speaks things into existence. In Genesis 1, the universe is presented as the product of a single, creative will. To explore the first verse is to explore the nature and resolution of the consequent divide. Part Two pursues this by investigating every aspect of the first four words that fits within the criteria of this enquiry. Each of twenty-six components yielded by these words is examined. We look at the verse as a whole, its constituent elements, alternative ways of reading it, and the rhythm of letters within it.
The reader is confronted by a text containing dualities, dilemmas and concealment. There is a shadow in the beginning and hint of a resolution. Step by step, the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A coherent and recurring pattern is revealed that resonates throughout the first four words and the different approaches taken to unlocking them.
Part Three specifies the Bible‘s entry code. This speaks of the moral order that is integral to the nature of creation and sets its heartbeat. This design is hidden for our sake. Genesis 1:1 reveals a potential harmony between Creator and creation which hinges on the answer to a profound question. The story is incomplete for our sake, for its completion awaits our decision.
In its journey, the enquiry:
      - reveals an eternal sign
      - demonstrates the prophetic nature of the Bible's opening words
      - decodes the first name of God in the Bible
      - shows hidden names of God
      - identifies the first adjective describing the nature of God
      - unpacks the title of the first book in the Bible
      - casts fresh light on key Biblical texts.
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Creation's Heartbeat: the Bible's Entry Code in Genesis 1:1, by Dr Y Fass. Published November 2009, by OttoRvF, PO Box 5145,Laytonsville, MD 20882, USA. Library of Congress catalog card 2009910952. ISBN 978-0-473-15781-4. (10 figure ISBN: 0473157810. Retail price US$19.50. Bulk orders available to trade at wholesale prices via Ingram or direct from the publisher.
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