Wayne (padpedpladuk) wrote in linguaphiles,

Biblical Hebrew question

Hi all. You're the greatest!

I have a question about the Hebrew Bible text of Genesis 1:27. In English it says:

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

I think I once read that "male" and "female" here are plural adjectives in Hebrew, which would indicate that at this time God created not just a man and a woman, but men and women.

This site shows the English and Hebrew side by side.

But I can't read Hebrew that well! ;_;

Does anyone know Hebrew well enough to discern with authority whether this curious assertion is true?

Are the adjectives "male" and "female" singular or plural in the Hebrew text of Gen 1:27?

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