Aleph Tav Alert: 1 Chronicles


(Divrei-HaYamim Aleph)

The Book of 1 Chronicles does not specifically name its author but tradition is that Ezra wrote 1 and 2 Chronicles. The Book was most likely written between 450 and 425 B.C. Both 1 & 2 Chronicles cover mostly the same information as 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings but focuses more on the priestly aspect of the time period. The Book of 1 Chronicles was written after the 70year Babylonian exile to help those returning to Israel understand how to worship Elohim and obey His Torah. The history focuses on the Southern Kingdom, the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi and is a list of the sacred genealogies of Adam through David.

Aleph/Tav את Used in 1 CHRONICLES: et אֶת 0 times, אֶת־ et- 272 times, אֵת eet 12 times, אֶת־ Et- 0 times, אֵת Eet 0 times, אָתְּ aat 0 times, אַתְּ at 0 times, אַתְּ־ at- 0 times, = Total 284

Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Wa‘at וְאַתְּ 0 times, Wa‘eet וְאֵת 10 times, Wa‘et- וְאֶת־ 161 times =171 Grand Total 455

Aleph/Tav ALERT: Notice in 1 Chronicles 1:10 that Nimrod, one of the most wicked men on earth, has an את in front of his name at birth. The only explanation according to the Book of Jasher is that Nimrod originally walked in covenant with את יהוה before blaspheming and turning evil. In Chron 2:34-41 we see an את in front of the descendants of Sheshan’s daughter and one of them is Nathan. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia this is Nathan the Prophet, which would explain why the את. It is also interesting to note that the sons of the descendants of Levi starting in verse 6:4 with את Phinehas to verse 6:14 with את Jehozadak, who was carried away into captivity in Babylon, all have את in front of their names. It may be because of the Covenant of Peace יהוה Father made through את with Phinehas (Num 25:12) that these men became very special Levites to את יהוה (Yah-head) as symbolized by the placement of the את. Rest assure, if Ezra placed an את in front of anyone’s name it was there for a reason.

Just as in the blowing of את trumpet to bring down the walls of Jericho in Y’hoshua 6:5-20 we see the same miracle by את in 1 Chronicles 14:15-17 which states, And it shall be, when you hear את sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then you shall go out to battle; for Elohim is gone out before you to kill את host of the Philistines…16 and they defeated את host of the Philistines…17 And the fame of David went out into all lands; and יהוה brought את fear of him upon all nations. King David sins in Chron 21:1 it states, And Satan stood up against Israel and moved (provoked) את David to number את Israel…as punishment David must choose between…21:12 either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you; or else three days the sword of יהוה, even pestilence in the land and the Angel of יהוה destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to את Him that sent me…implying that את sent the prophet and את would be the one whom David would be answering to and את Y’shua would be the one carrying out the judgment of יהוה Father …confirmation is 21:16 which states, And lifted up David את his eyes and saw את Angel of יהוה standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. In the last chapter Ezra writes this interesting proclamation twice in Chron 29:10 Why blessed David את יהוה before all the assembly; and David said, blessed be you, O יהוה, the Elohim of Israel our Father, forever and ever…and 29:20 And David said to all the assembly, bless now את יהוה your Elohim (Yah-head).