In the beginning Genesis opens with the Hebrew phrase bere’shith, typically translated as “in the beginning.” There are two possible interpretations of this phrase: a specific, absolute beginning of all time; or a nonspecific, general beginning of God’s work of creation.
God The Hebrew word used here for “God,” elohim, is plural. While elohim may be used to describe multiple deities, Old Testament authors usually use the term to refer to the singular God of Israel (more than 2,000 instances), such as here.
Created The Hebrew word used here is bara. Compare Isaiah 40:26.
The heavens and the earth This phrase refers to the entirety of creation. The Old Testament often uses opposing word pairs to refer to a totality.