Sense of the Day: Creator (God)


Sense: Creator (God)

n. — the God of Israel conceived of in terms of his activity in creation.

Remember your creator [ברא] in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.”

Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NRSV)

The Bible Sense Lexicon annotates only one word in the Hebrew Bible as “Creator God.” If we want to examine this concept more closely, we can use the BSL in conjunction with the Bible Word Study tool. Where the BSL allows us to examine one concept at a time, the senses section of the Bible Word Study tool allows us to see all the different senses that a particular word can express, like a traditional dictionary. We launch the Bible Word Study tool from the BSL by simply clicking a Hebrew or Greek word. In this case, when we look at the senses section of the Bible Word Study tool, we find that the Hebrew word meaning “Creator God” in Ecclesiastes 12:1 can also express the meaning “to create.” Examining verses within the BSL entry for “to create,” such as the obvious ones in the book of Genesis, can help us to better understand the concept of “Creator God.”

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

Learn more about the Bible Sense Lexicon.

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