‘Echad’: How Mark Shows Us It Simply Means G-d Is One, Not Three, And That There Is No Other (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:32).

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Brief Summary

The purpose of this explanation is to demonstrate the context of what Deuteronomy 6:4 means when it says ‘…the LORD is one.’.

Some feel that the Hebrew word (echad) that is translated as ‘one’ can also mean ‘united’, and thus they will mistakenly try to associate this with the man-made incorrect 3-in-1 doctrine known as the ‘trinity’.

What we do find is that Scripture answers Scripture here, with regard to the context of Deuteronomy 6:4 – as it is clarified in Mark 12:32; ‘…there is no other.’

An interesting current day extrabiblical reference will also be shared, which agrees with the fuller scope of Holy Scripture in this instance.

Begin

Deuteronomy 6:4 reads as follows;

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV

In the New Testament (Brit Chadasha), after the King Messiah (Christ) references Deuteronomy 6:4 in the book of Mark, the context to the above verse is shared with us;

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Mark 12:29 NIV,

The context of the the phrase ‘…the LORD is one.’ is given to us in Mark 12:32 – which reads as follows in its entirety;

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
Mark 12:32 NIV

The context of Deuteronomy 6:4 is thus confirmed as not to be relating to plurality, multi-unity, or united-ness of any kind – but rather, oneness.

Oneness in the context that ‘there is no other’ [G-d] that Israel – the chosen people, made up of people of all nations who believe (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16) – may worship.

An interesting observation is that this context is given mention in the siddurim (prayer books) of zealous though currently unbelieving Judaism.

Currently, one may look on the first pages of the Shema, in the English which recites Deuteronomy 6:4, and see this exact context mentioned in brackets. (Reference: Artscroll Transliterated Interlinear Prayer Siddur (Weekday).

The ancient Hebrew word ‘echad’ (H259), which is translated as ‘one’ in Deuteronomy 6:4, can be examined on the Biblehub website here with it’s legal English definitions and usages from the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance and Exhaustive Concordance.

Hoping it is fruitful.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen, created Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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Recommended Reading

There Is No Trinity

Hebrews 7:27 Explained – Human Sacrifices Are Forbidden.

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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