Hey there Alec,
Originally Posted by alec cotton
The consonants in the word Adonai are the same ADNY for both the singular and the plural. The difference is only a single little vowel point under the Yod. I checked the Hebrew text and found that the word written in Gen 18 is not the plural. Where did you get the info that said it was plural?
Also, when Abraham spoke to the three "men" he used a mix of singular and plural verbs. For example:
Genesis 18:3 And said, My Lord (Adonai, singular), if now I have found favour in thy (singular) sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let (singular) a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves (plural) under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye (plural) your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye (plural) come to your servant. And they said (plural), So do, as thou hast said.I am guessing that he was speaking to the "leader" of the three men when making requests, but had to use the plural when speaking of the washing of their feet. But it is interesting that THEY spoke in response. We see a very strange mixture of singular and plural throughout this chapter:
Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. I think there is some basis for seeing a "hint" of the Trinity in Gen 18 because the three "men" are spoken to in the singular as the "Lord" but I don't think anything definitive can be proven from this passage. It's just a debatable "hint" at best.
All the best,
PS: As an aside, I find it sadly ironic that Abraham served up milk and beef together in Gen 18:8! This is a direct violation of the kosher laws made up by the rabbis centuries later. I say it is "sadly" ironic because of the endless hassle the Jews put upon themselves when they invented the non-biblical "kosher law" that forbids the eating of milk and meat together.