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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 40

40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 40

The Hebrew word חֹשֶׁךְ (choshek) means ‘darkness’ or ‘obscurity.’ Darkness corresponds to ‘absence of light,’ and obscurity means ‘dim, dark, and gloomy;’ it also means ‘not easily perceived.’

The book of Genesis begins with the preliminary condition before the creation of light – ‘darkness חֹשֶׁךְ (choshek) was over the surface of the deep.’ When Jesus died on the cross, ‘darkness (σκότος – skotos) was over all the land.’

There was not only natural darkness, but also spiritual darkness prevailed – all those who witnessed the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross were not able to understand the purpose of Jesus’ death.


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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