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Patriarchinity Appendix #1: Echad, Khad, and Yachid Usage

Patriarchinity Appendix #1: Echad, Khad, and Yachid Usage
© Chris Jacob (Yaacov) Schaefer 2009

Study of Echad in Beresheeth/Genesis

Rationale: Since the issue is what echad means when referring to Elohim, and since in Beresheeth/Genesis the word echad is used to describe people, places, and things, but not Elohim, that should give us a more statistically pure concept of just how echad is generally used, and therefore give us an unbiased idea of how it later applies when describing Elohim. (All scriptures in this first section are from Beresheeth/Genisis unless otherwise noted.)


1:5
5 And Elohim called the Light, "Daytime,"
and the darkness
He called "Night." And the evening and the morning were
Yom Rishon.

Unless the DSS (Dead Sea Scrolls) has Rishon, the text would read:

5 And Elohim called the Light, "Daytime,"
and the darkness
He called "Night." And the evening and the morning were
Yom Echad.

Daytime and night. Two distinct entities unified together. Compound unity.

1:9
9 And Elohim said, “Let the waters under the heavens be
gathered together to one [echad] place, and let the dry land appear,”
and it was so. And the waters under the heavens gathered
to their gatherings and the dry land appeared.

What’s gathered into one place? The different waters (plural) are unified in the one place. Compound unity. Some might say that they are all indistinguishable from one another after that. Not so, there are different depths of the waters with different temperatures, different pressures, different intensities of light, and later on different creatures will congregate to those distinct areas of the waters that yet mingle with one another.

2:11 (+v10 needed for context)
10 And a river went out of Ayden to water the garden;
and from there it parted, and became four riverheads.
11 The name of the first [echad] is Pishon: that is the one
surrounding the whole land of Havilah, where there is
gold;

The river that went out of Ayden parted and became 4 of which the first is Pishon. Pishon is 1st of 4, and it is distinct from the other 3 rivers, yet it is also unified with the other 3 because it flows out from the one (in other words it is derived). It is always one of the 4 (an indication of plurality) that flowed out of the single river coming out of Ayden. This concept of coming out from seems to fit perfectly with the following description of the Ruach HaQodesh:

Mishlei 8:22-23
22 "YHWH possessed Me in the beginning of His derech,
before His works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,
before the earth was
.

Possessed = kawnaw which means created by extension
or in other words derived, but even more closely
involved and intimate than bawnaw.
Set up = nawsak which means poured out like a libation.
Yehoshua Himself even describes how he came out from YHWH.

Yochanan 16:28 (Yehoshua speaking)
28 “I came out from the Abba, and have come into the
world: again, I leave the world, and go back
to the Abba.”

Notice that He did not say “I go back into the Abba.”

2:21
21 And YHWH Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon
Ahdahm and he slept: and He took one of [echad] his ribs, and
closed up the flesh in its place;

Before YHWH changed the rib into Chawa, it was unified together with the other ribs. The rib was from several ribs-- a plurality.

2:24
24 Therefore shall a man leave his abba and his eema, and
shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be basar echad.

Man + wife. Two souls, two individuals, two minds, two beings. They never lose those distinctions no matter how many times they have sex. Even in some later cases of husbands and wives, where of one of them is an unbeliever, they even have two distinct eternal destinies.

3:22
22 And YHWH Elohim said, “See, the man has become as
one of [echad] Us, to know tov and evil: and now, lest he put out
his hand, and take also of the eytz chayim, and eat, and
live forever:”

Us = plurality. Likewise both Adahm and Chawa were now knowing good and evil. The plurality keeps popping up. But let’s look at the lexicon to see if there’s anything else that can be learned about echad.

is become as one
'echad (ekh-awd')
united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first

of us to know
yada` (yaw-daw')
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially

Now, if echad allegedly means singularity most of the time, there’s a big problem. There’s only two words echad yawdaw representing the English phrase “is become as one of us to know.” So if echad meant singularity, then Adahm and Chawa were no longer just mere humans, but divine. As can be seen from the rest of Scripture, they were obviously not divine, but rather, mere mortal humans. Just because Adahm and Chawa knew the difference between good and evil (as does Elonim know the difference between good and evil), it did not mean that Adahm and Chawa then became YHWH. And besides that, if humans knew precisely in all details the complete difference between good and evil, then there’d be no need for Torah. Example, without Torah, a husband would not know to not have sex with his wife 7 days after the onset of her monthly period. YHWH’s discernment between good and evil surpasses ours and therefore our understanding is not one with YHWH’s in the sense of singularity.
Another variation on the read of Beresheeth 3:22 could also be that just as YHWH, Yehoshua and the Ruach HaQodesh have equal discernment between good and evil among Themselves, so did Adahm and Chawa have equal discernment of good and evil among themselves. But even so, Adahm and Chawa still have autonomy as to what each does with that knowledge; so ablsolute singularity is still ruled out.

4:19
19 And Lamech took two wives: the name of one [echad] was
Adah, and the name of the other [shaynee] Zillah.

One of how many wives? Adah was the first of two—an indication of plurality. Did Lamech only have sex with Adah and not Zillah (and thereby only become basar echad with Adah and not Zillah) just because shanee is describing Zillah as the other wife? No, I’m sure he had enough testosterone to service both wives.

8:5
5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth
month: in the tenth month, on the first [echad] day of the month,
were the tops of the mountains seen.

Day consisting of both nighttime and daytime. Also day being the 1st day of among about 28 of that month (one among several). The tops of mountains were seen within that one day.

8:13
13 And it came to pass in the six hundred first year, in the
first [rishown] month, on the first [echad] day of the month,
the waters
were dried up from off the earth: and Noach removed the
covering of the ark, and looked, and, see, the face of
the ground was dry.

Day=nighttime + daytime (plaurality), also being the first day among about 28 (plural) of that month. Notice also that the first month was not called “echad month” but rather rishon month.

10:25
25 And to Ever were born two sons: the name of one [echad] was
Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his
brother's name was Yoktan.

Peleg: the First son of two boys (plural).

11:1
1 And the whole earth was of one [echad] language, and of one
[echad] speech.

“Whole earth”, meaning all the peoples of the earth unified under language/speech. Coherent, unified language/speech consists of nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjetives, adverbs, prepositions, exclaimations, etc. all working together.

11:6
6 And YHWH said, “See, the people are echad, and they all
have one [echad] language; and this they begin to do: and now
nothing will be restrained from them, which they have
imagined to do.”

People (plural) unified by a unified coherent language consisting of its component parts (see note for 11:1).

19:9
9 And they said, “Stand back;” And they said again, “This
one [echad] fellow came in here to sojourn, and he desires to be a
judge: now will we deal worse with you, than with
them
.” And they leaned heavily upon Lot, and came close
to breaking down the door.

The men of Sedom are comparing Lot with the two messengers. In that sense Lot is the foremost potential victim of the three supposedly in danger.

21:15
15 And the water was used up in the bottle, and she cast
the child under one [echad] of the shrubs.

Not under the lone shrub, but under one shrub among others.

22:2
2 And He said, “Take now your son, your only [yachid] son
Yitzchak,
whom you love, and get into the land of
Moriyah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon
one [echad] of the mountains
of which I will tell you.”
One mountain among several. Compare that to yachid being used to describe Yitzchak—the only son of promise to Avraham (even though he had a half brother). If YHWH had wanted us to never view our Creators as Echad (Compound Unity), then the word yachid would have been used in the Shema so that there’d be no hint whatsoever of plurality. Likewise, echad would have also been used to describe Yitzchak, but it was not.

26:10
10 And Avimelech said, “What is this you have done to
us? One [echad] of our people might have unknowingly lain with
your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

One of “ our people” and “us,” both indicators of the one being from the many.

27:38
38 And Esav said to his abba, “Have you not just one [echad]
blessing, my abba? Bless me, even me also, O my abba.”
And Esav lifted up his voice, and wept.

Esav was hoping that the blessing given to Yaakov was not the only (yachid) one, so naturally he’s going to phrase his question in a positive manner, pleading that surely the blessing given to Yaakov is hopefully one of at least two.

27:44
44 “And stay with him a few [echad] days, until your brother's
anger turns away;”

“Days” and “Few” are pluralities. A unified group of consecutive days.

27:45
45 “Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he
forgets what you have done to him: then I will send, and
get you from there: why should I be deprived of both of
you in one [echad] day?”

Rivkah is hoping to avoid losing both (plural) of her sons in a day (consisting of nighttime and daytime).

29:20
20 And Yaakov served seven years for Rachel; and they
seemed to him but a few [echad] days, for the love he had for
her.

"Days" is plural. "Few" is plural. A unified group of days.

32:8
8 And said, If Esav comes to the one [echad] camp, and smites it,
then the other camp that is left shall escape.

The first camp of two (plural).

32:22
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and
his two female avadim, and his eleven [awsar echad] sons, and passed
over the ford Yavok.

10 + 1=11, the 1 is included with the ten for the total of eleven.

33:13
13 And he said to him, My master knows that the children
are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with
me: and if men should overdrive them one [echad] day, all the
flock will die.

Some ambiguity, so checking with the Lexicon:

“are with me and if men should overdrive”
daphaq (daw-fak')
to knock; by analogy, to press severely -- beat, knock, overdrive.

“them one”
'echad (ekh-awd')
united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first

“day”
yowm (yome)
a day (as the warm hours),

Two possible ways to read this. In the context of the possibility of the flocks dying of exhaustion, it could be talking about them being overdriven in the daytime and nighttime—all day long (a unified plurality). The other possibility is that echad is talking about them (flocks, herds and young) being driven together.

34:16
16 “Then will we give our daughters to you, and we will
take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you,
and we will become one [echad] people (plural).”

Intermingling and mixing of the two people groups. The genetic traits of both being potentially hybridized, yet still consisting of male and female and manifested as many individuals.

34:22
22 “Only in this manner will the men consent to dwell with
us, to be one [echad] people, if every male among us performs
brit-milah, as they are in brit-milah.

Same note as above for 34:16

37:9
9 And he dreamed another [akh-air] dream, and told it his brothers,
and said, “See, I have dreamed yet another dream; and,
see, the sun and the moon and the eleven [aws awr echad] cochavim
bowed down to me.”

Awsawr echad = 10 +1 =11: the 1 unified with the 10 forming an 11.

37:20
20 “Come now, and let us kill him, and cast him into some [echad]
pit, and we will say, ‘Some evil beast has devoured him’:
and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”

A pit consisting of an opening and a cavity and possibly something to cover the pit. Some translations have “one of the pits” Whether some pit or one of the pits, there’s still a hint of the pit being one among others.

40:5
5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his
dream in one [echad] night, each man according to the
interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the
melech of Mitzrayim, who were bound in the prison.

How many had a similar symbolic dream contained within that night? The butler and the baker—two men (plural). The one night was a container for two symbolic dreams.

41:5
5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, see,
seven ears of corn came up upon one [echad] stalk, abundant and good.

The seven ears (plural) of corn were united upon the one stalk.

41:11
11 “And we dreamed a dream in one [echad] night, both he and I;
we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of
his dream.”

Same explaination as 40:5 (above).

41:22
22 “And I saw in my dream, and, see; seven ears came up
in one [echad] stalk, full and good:”

Same explanation as 41:5 (above).

41:25-26
25 And Yoseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh
are echad: Elohim has shown Pharaoh what He is about to
do.
26 The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good
ears are seven years: the dream is echad.”

Two distinct dreams having different symbols, but the same purpose and same meaning. The first dream is unified with the second. Two distinct witnesses, so to speak.

42:11,13
11 “We are all one [echad] man's sons; we are upright men; your
avadim are not spies.”
13 And they said, “Your avadim are twelve brothers, the
sons of one man in the land of Kanaan; and, see, the
youngest is this day with our abba, and one [echad] is not.”

Twelve (plural) brothers united (at least genetically) under one dad (who by necessity had to have been echad basar/one flesh with each of his 4 wives in order to produce 12 boys and 1 girl!). The one who they thought wasn’t around, Yoseph, was still 1 of the 12 brothers.

42:16
16 “Send one [echad] of you [plural], and let him get your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proven,
whether there be any emet in you: or else by the life
of Pharaoh surely you are spies.”

One of the 10 (plural) gets sent.

42:19
19 If you are upright men, let one [echad] of your brothers be
bound in the bayit of your prison: but go, carry corn for
the famine of your houses:

One of the 10 (plural) gets locked up.

42:27
27 And as one [echad] of them opened his sack to give his donkey
fodder in the inn, he saw his money; for, see, it was in his
sack's mouth.

One of the 10 (plural) opened his sack.

42:32
32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our abba; one [echad] is not [around anymore],
and the youngest is this day with our abba in the land of
Kanaan.

Yoseph: 1 of the 12 (plural).

42:33
33 And the man, the master of the country, said to us,
Hereby shall I know that you are upright men; leave one [echad]
of your brothers here with me, and take food for the
famine of your households, and go:

One of the brothers (plural) gets left.

44:28
28 “And the one [echad] went out from me, and I said, ‘Surely he is
torn in pieces;’ and I saw him not since:”

Compare again to:
Yochanan 16:28 (Yehoshua speaking)
28 “I came out from the Abba, and have come into the
olam hazeh: again, I leave the world, and go back
to the Abba.”

48:22
22 “Moreover I have given to you one [echad] portion above your
brothers that I took out of the hand of the Amorite with
my sword and with my bow.”

One portion above his brothers’ portions. In other words a double portion compared to other portions.

49:16
16 “Dan shall judge his people, as one [echad] of the tribes of
Yisrael.”

One of the 12 tribes (plural).

So in summary, here are the statistics for how echad is used in Beresheeth:
15 times, or 36.6% being a compound unity,multiplicity unified together ,
13 times or 31.7% being the one of several or one of a group,
9 times or 22% being the first and foremost compared to others,
2 times or less than 5% being one among several going out from the original.
Only 2 times or less than 5% being “just one” or “a” -- very loosely connected to a plurality if at all.

What this means is that for the word echad, plurality is either direct or implied,over 95% of the time. There’s not any reason to believe it would vary much from that for the rest of Scripture. And of necessity, it has to be plurality when coupled with the plural nounElohim”.


Aramaic usage of Khad in the Tanakh.

Khad is the Aramaic equivalent to the Hebrew Echad.

Dani’el 2:35
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and
the gold, broken to pieces together [khad], and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind
carried them away, that no place was found for them: and
the Stone that smote the image became a great mountain,
and filled the whole olam.

Together = khad (Aramaic) from the context of pieces it means pieces grouped together, and in this case it does not even mean echad! Why? It is about as far away as possible from singularity because it is broken—impossible to be yachid.

Yehezqel 33:30
30 Also, you Ben-adam, the children of your people [plural] still
are talking against you by the walls and in the doors of
the houses, they [plural] speak to each other saying, Please come
and hear what the word is that comes out from YHWH.

Since that verse is more of a thought for thought translation, we’ll have to go back to the kjv to find khad.

KJV Ezekiel 33:30:
Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one [khad] to another [echad], every one [iysh] to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the YHWH.

One to another = khad echad. From the context, the people [plural] are obviously in agreement with each other--in other words, echad.
Khad echad in Hebrew means each one or each and every one and so implies plurality because each one means there are more than one from which the each is identified.

Dani’el 2:9
9 But if you will not make known to me the dream, there
is but one [khad] decree for you: for you have prepared lying and
corrupt words to speak before me, until the time has
changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know
that you can also explain the interpretation of it.

What does a decree consist of ? letters and words, and perhaps sentences and even paragraphs. All those parts have to be echad in order to make any sense.

Daniel 3:19
19 Then was Nevuchadnetzar full of fury, and the
expression on his face was changed against Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abed-Nego: therefore he spoke, and
commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times
more than it was normally heated.

Part of the last phrase is more thought for thought, so we’ll have to go back to the KJV to find the khad.

KJV:
Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one [khad] seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

One= khad. How many times more? 7 times. 7 times 1. 1*7=7

Dani’el 4:19a
19 Then Daniyel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was
astonished for one [khad] hour, and his thoughts troubled him.

What does an hour consist of? Half hours. Quarter hours, Minutes. Seconds. Every part of that hour, Daniyel was astonished. All the parts of that hour were echad in hosting the time of Daniyel’s astonisment.

Daniyel 6:2
2 And over these three governors; of whom Daniyel was
one [khad]: so that the nobles might give account to them, and
the melech should suffer no loss.

One = khad. Daniyel was a governer among 3 other men who also were governers. Even though he was superordinate over 3 of them, khad is also emphasizing that 4 men were indeed governors.

Daniyel 7:5
5 And see another beast, a second, like a bear, and it
raised up itself on one [khad] side, and it had three ribs in the
mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said this to it,
Arise, devour much flesh.

One= khad. One side instead of what? The other side. One side out of at least two, perhaps more.

Daniyel 7:16
16 I came near to one [khad] of them that stood by,
and asked
him the emet of all this. So he told me, and made me
understand the interpretation of these things.

One = khad. One of who? One of them [heavenly messengers]. One of more than one.



How Yachid is used in scripture.

Yachid means singularity, only, sole.

Beresheeth 22:2, 12, 16
2 And He said, Take now your son, your only [yachid] son
Yitzchak, whom you love, and get into the land of
Moriyah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon
one [echad] of the mountains
of which I will tell you.
12 And He said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither
do anything to him: for now I know that you fear Elohim,
seeing you have not withheld your son, your only[yachid] son
from Me.
16 And said, By Myself have I sworn, says YHWH, because
you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son,
your only [yachid] son:

Shophtim 11:34
34 And Yiftach came to Mitzpah to his bayit, and, see, his
daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with
dancing: and she was his only [yachid] child; beside her he had
neither son nor daughter.

Tehillim, 25:16
16 Turn to me, and have rachamim upon me; for I am
desolate [yachid] and afflicted.

Is YHWH desolate? No. Who is speaking here? Dawid, not Yehoshua. Yehoshua was without sin. According to v. 7 “Remember not the sins of my youth…” So this passage could never be about Yehoshua.

Tehillim 68:6
6 Elohim makes a home for the lonely [yachid]. He brings out
those who are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell
in a dry land.

Is YHWH lonely? Is YHWH lacking anyone? No. Is “the lonely referring to YHWH? No.

Mishlei 4:3
3 For I was my abba’s son, tender and the only [yachid] beloved in
the sight of my eema.

Who is speaking? Shlomo. He had no living brothers from Bath Sheba.

Yermiyahu 6:26
26 O daughter of My people, dress in sackcloth, and
cover yourself in ashes: make mourning, as for an only [yachid]
son, most bitter lamentation: for the plunderer shall
suddenly come upon us.

The only ways yachid occurs in those is when referring to an only child or of a special child at the exclusion of or exception to others, or to an individual who is lonely. Zekariayah 12:10 is right within that range.
The following 4 verses hint at Yahushua

Zechariayah 12:10
10 And I will pour upon Beit Dawid,
and upon the
inhabitants of Yahrushalayim, the Ruach of unmerited
favor and of rachamim: and they shall look upon Me,
Aleph-Taf whom they have pierced,
and they shall
mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only [yachid] son, and they
will be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness
for the loss of his bachor.

Tehellim 22:20,
20 Deliver My being from the sword; My only [yachid] life
from the power of the dog.

Tehellim 35:17
17 YHWH, how long will You look on? Rescue my being
from their destructions, my only [yachid] life from the lions.

In the Tehellim passages, on a pashat/plain level, these are referring to Dawid, but on a remez/hint level, they are referring to the Moshiach. So in context, both are hinting to when Yahushua was in distress upon the stake, and so would naturally emphasize His felt isolation. In these 2 cases, yachid refer’s to Yahushua’s chayim/life.

Ahmos 8:10
10 And I will turn your moadim
into mourning, and all
your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up
sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head;
and I will make it as the mourning of an only[yachid] son,
and the end of it as a bitter day.

The Remez level in Ahmos is about Yehoshua, YHWH’s only son. Yehoshua is THE Son of Adahm—there never was never is never will be anyone like Him. So yes, Yehoshua is YHWH’s only son
Yochanan 3:16 For YHWH so loved the world, that He gave His
only brought forth Son, that whoever believes on Him
should not perish, but have everlasting chayim.
, but He is is also Echad with the Father in the sense that He does the Father’s will and speaks and explains the Father’s words to us. Yahushua is yachid at the exclusion of any brothers like Himself, but Echad with his Father who’s works He does and words He speaks.



Conclusion

Echad does not equal Yachid.
Khad certainly does not equal yachid.
Rishon does not necessarily equal Khad or Echad.

What does Echad/Akhad mean in the Shema?
In the AFNHSS, it is translated as
“Hear O Yisrael, YHWH our Supreme One, YHWH akhad.”



But then the question is: how is Father YHWH our Supreme One? Easy. He is Super-ordinate over the Ruach HaQodesh and Super-ordinate over His Son Yehoshua, That is how He is Supreme while also being Akhad with the Feminine Ruach and His Masculine Son. That is how patriarchy works, and in this case Divine Patriarchy.

So the word Alehenu (Elohenu) could be understood as:
The Strong Power Leader is Father YHWH, who
teaches us, by his breath a.k.a. Ruach HaQodesh who He is also yoked with.
YHWH reveals, and works, and is worthy of worship--
as is His Son a.k.a Yehoshua
as is the Ruach HaQodesh (feminine)-- tent peg is an Ancient Hebraic euphemism for wife.
Therefore the Divine Eternal Family is our security.


So there’s a double meaning here with echad/akhad. Since Echad/Akhad means first/foremost among others, it is saying that YHWH is greater than Yehoshua and greater than the Ruach HaQodesh. Echad/Akhad is speaking of the super-ordination of YHWH over His Son and YHWH's super-ordintaion over the Ruach HaQodesh-- all Beings within the category of the Living Elohim. But at the same time Echad/Akhad is also speaking of the compound unity of the Beings of the Living Elohim.

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