Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Hebrew noun אור (ʾōr) is the word for "light." In Genesis 1:3, it is אור (ʾōr) that is used to refer to the general "light" of creation: "Then God said, 'Let there be light (אור);' and there was light (אור)." (Apparently, this light is something other than sunlight, as the sun wasn't created until verse 16). In Judges 16:2, אור (ʾōr) is used to refer to the "light" of dawn: "Let us wait until the light (אור) of the morning." The noun אור (ʾōr) can also serve as a poetic descriptor, such use is seen in Isaiah 2:5: "O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light (אור) of the LORD!" Interestingly, the word אור (ʾōr) also appears in Job 41:18 in its description of a leviathan whose "sneezes flash forth light (אור)," giving us a light-sneezing monster!