Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #7225 - רֵאשִׁית
1) first, beginning, best, chief
1d) choice part
1458) sr (רסה RSh) AC: Inherit CO: Head AB: ?: The pictograph r is a picture of the head. The head of the tribe (chief) or family (father) is passed from generation to generation. The head grants permission for the betrothal of his daughters and determines the inheritor of the tribe or family. The head of a person, place, thing or time. (eng: raise - with the exchange of the s and sh)
Nm ) sar (ראסה RASh) - Head: The top of the body. A person in authority or role of leader. The top, beginning or first of something. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [df: syr] KJV (619): head, chief, top, beginning, company, captain, sum, first, principal, chapiters, rulers - Strongs: H7217 (רֵאשׁ), H7218 (רֹאשׁ), H7389 (רִישׁ)
ef1) esair (ריאסהה RYAShH) - Beginning: The head of a space such as the head of a river or time such as an event. KJV (185): first, former, beginning, chief, before, old, foremost, aforetime - Strongs: H7223 (רִאשֹׁן)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
רֵאשִׁית f. once רֵשִׁית Deuteronomy 11:12 (denom. from רֹאשׁ, Ch. רֵאשׁ head, chief, with the added syllable ־ִית, see Gr. § 76, No. 4).
(1) beginning, Genesis 1:1, 10:10 Jeremiah 28:1.
(2) a former state, Job 42:12 former times, Isaiah 46:10.
(3) the first of its kind
(a) with regard to time, first fruits, Genesis 49:3, רֵאשִׁית אוֹנִי “first fruits of my strength,” i.e. first born. רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכּוֹ first fruits of things created by him, Proverbs 8:22 [this is rather to be compared with ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως τοῦ Θεοῦ, Revelation 3:14, i.e. Christ, head of creation, not spoken of as a creature], compare Job 40:19; Deuteronomy 33:21, וַיַּרְא רֵאשִׁית לוֹ “he chose the first part for himself,” as if the first fruits of the holy land. Very often used of the first fruits offered in the temple, Leviticus 2:12, 23:10 Deuteronomy 18:4, 26:10.
(b) with regard to dignity, the first, chief, Amos 6:1,.
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