I am current reading *Confronting Creation: How Judaism Reads Genesis: An Anthology of Genesis Rabbah :by Jacob Neusner.
Early in the book he make the above statement in his commentary on Creation. Here is the complete thought.
When our sages ask the question of detail—just exactly what did God do when God made the world, What did God use?—they turn to the bed-rock of truth. There can be no truth that is not said with words. So words convey truth. Words are made of letters. So at the bedrock of creation—the thing with which God made the world—we find letters. This appeal to the alphabet as the container of the rules of creation, the laws of life, should not surprise us.
Neusner, J. (2004). Confronting Creation: How Judaism Reads Genesis: An Anthology of Genesis :Rabbah (p. 39). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Disregard the context for the moment and see if there is not an apologetic in that statement?
Is there another way to convey truth except through words? I can’t think of anything can you?
In his commentary he is focusing on the speaking of things into existence by God and he adds that the words God used had power and that words we use have power he contrasts that power with this statement:
We too create worlds with words, so we should not be surprised that God did. If you doubt it, reflect on the power to create evil contained within a mean statement to someone you love—or hate.
Neusner, J. (2004). Confronting Creation: How Judaism Reads Genesis: An Anthology of Genesis Rabbah (p. 39). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.