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A Translation of Genesis Part One

Updated on June 30, 2020
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Alex has taught at seven public schools, been accepted into three honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe. He has his BS.

Overview Of The Guckenberger Translation Of The Bible (GTB)

This is part of my translation of the book of Genesis. I will be using the aids of the Hebrew bible offered through, the King James Version of the Bible, and Strong's Concordance (I have a physical copy, but I will here rely heavily on the version offered through to help me with the work. I will also translate the names of the books of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew titles into English. Thus, the first book of the Torah (Law) will be called "In The Beginning". I will use my knowledge of items like Hebrew plurals to the best of my ability. Without hesitation, here is the beginning of my translation:

In The Beginning 1:1

In the beginning, the Gods created the skies and the land.

Commentary On Verse 1:1

I was originally going to keep "Elohim" untranslated. There can be a lot of controversy over the way I translated it here. Based on its ending, it is a plural masculine noun. Some people explain all of this with the trinity. There is also another explanation. Regardless, the word is plural and I translated the word based on my limited understanding of Biblical Hebrew.

In The Beginning 1:2

And the land was formless, and emptiness and darkness was above the face of the abyss. And the Spirit of the Gods was resting above the face of the waters.

In The Beginning 1:3

And the Gods said, "light exist," and there was light.

Commentary On Verse 1:3

I love that light is mentioned so early on in the Torah. Since we discovered fire, light has been important and accessible to us. Light has always been important to us, but it was once out of our control. Light is often seen as something divine.

In The Beginning 1:4

And the Gods saw that the light was beautiful, and the Gods separated between light and between darkness.

In The Beginning 1:5

And the Gods called the light "day," and they called the darkness "night." And the evening was, and the morning was, as day one.

Genesis In Hebrew


I here end the first portion of my translation of the Bible. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

© 2020 Alexander James Guckenberger


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