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Can Adam in Genesis 2 be interpreted as referring to "humanity" rather than a specific man?

It's an interesting reading, and some might even say that it accounts for why Eve says "we were told not to eat" — both man and woman were in this joined protohuman. But I disagree with the overused ...
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Is the translation "rib" for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

I would point out that the Hebrew text lends itself to the translation "rib." The text in Genesis 2:21 literally reads, "And he [the Lord God] took one ['aḥat] from his side [miṭṭela'] and he closed ...
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Why would it take Adam and Eve 130 years to have Seth when God's command was to "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28)?

Genesis 4:25 (NIV): Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” Seth was ...
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What is the main reason that God created the woman?

It's interesting to know that God says it's not good for man to be alone. He then shows Adam how all the animals are in pairs. One would think Adam would begin to feel something is missing in his ...
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Was Adam present when the serpent was talking with Eve?

The argument that Adam was present revolves around two points: the text speaking of Eve eating the fruit and giving some to her husband “with her” (Gen. 3:6) and the serpent using plural verbs as if ...
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Why was Adam created alone?

Adam is 'the figure of him that was to come', Romans 5:14, and the coming one is expressly revealed to be 'the seed of the woman', Genesis 3:15. The creation of humanity is the expression of God, the ...
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Can Adam in Genesis 2 be interpreted as referring to "humanity" rather than a specific man?

The term אָדָם ('adam) has four different uses with reference to people in the OT: 1) a man as in a human person, whether male or female (e.g. Lev 13:2); 2) a man as opposed to woman (e.g. Eccl 7:...
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Did Adam blame Eve?

In seminary I wrote a paper on how Adam and Eve violated all 10 commandments in the garden. I'll spare you the whole paper but there are several reasons to believe that Adam and Eve are not simply ...
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Does Romans 5:12 say that we inherit the sin of Adam and Eve?

The answer(s) to your question requires a foundation. For most, that foundation is doctrinal. It is that foundation that was established via seminaries, and the systematic theology they present. This ...
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Is God worried about Adam eating once or in an on-going pattern from the Tree of Life at Genesis 3:22?

I have always argued for "ongoing pattern". That is, "lest they eat" should be understood as "lest they continue to eat". One clue is the fact that the tree of life is in ...
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How would Adam know what "you shall surely die" meant?

It is a part of human nature that to eat, we must eat of a sacrificed living thing. Although still vegetarian, Adam would know that when he ate plant material, he was sacrificing its life for his own. ...
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Who names Seth?

וַתִּקְרָ֥א אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ שֵׁ֑ת means "And she called his name 'Seth'". Hava is speaking in the portion of the verse in question. וַתִּקְרָ֥א is the qal imperfect 3fs of qara' (he called). 3fs stands ...
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What is the knowledge of good and evil, and why is it lethal (Gen. 2:17)?

The Knowledge of Good and Evil Question: What is the Knowledge of Good and Evil and why is it spiritually lethal? (Gen. 2:17) Suppose we break down the identity of the Tree a bit. The first part of ...
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What is the knowledge of good and evil, and why is it lethal (Gen. 2:17)?

Natural knowledge of good and evil comes with years of instruction and experience, of which the man and the woman had neither. So whatever stage they were in physical development, in moral ...
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Why did God give Adam the specific task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20?

Why did God give this specific task (naming the animals) to the man? By working with God to give names to the animals: Adam demonstrated that he was taking on his God given responsibility to get to ...
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Why is Satan not mentioned again after Job 2:7?

why is Satan not mentioned at the end of the book of Job Summary: Satan appears as much as is needed in order to achieve the purpose of the book of Job. There are innumerable questions like this that ...
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Are the Hebrew words for ‘woman’ and ‘make’ related?

The beginning letters of אשה and עשה, the א and ע, are rarely interchangeable. So linguistically there is a very weak connection there. In any case, the verse you bring as evidence does not even use ...
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Who is "your first father" in Isaiah 43:27?

There are some arguments for a number of interpretations for the identity of "your first father" in Isa 43:27, such as: Adam: Rom 5:12-20 presents Adam as the original sinner. Abraham: The ...
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Is God worried about Adam eating once or in an on-going pattern from the Tree of Life at Genesis 3:22?

Gen 3:22 has puzzled many - it appears to imply, based on the Qal imperfect tense of the verb "put out" and its association with other in the phrase: "lest he put out his hand and take&...
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What is the main reason that God created the woman?

In ch1 v26, God wanted man to "have dominion over" the fish, the birds, the animals of the earth, and indeed living things in general. I suggest that the "helper" was necessary for ...
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How do we understand Youngs Translation of Gen 3:22?

You want answers to two related questions: (1) How would we understand the phrase that Young translates that verse as? (2), Is this Translation correct? I wish to deal with (2) first. Young himself ...
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How should Genesis 3:20 be rendered?

הָֽיְתָ֖ה is the third person singular and is the Qal perfect of the verb 'to come'. Therefore 'was become' is the translation, in context. The word הָֽיְתָ֖ה occurs 111 times in the bible and is ...
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Genesis - Eden: Was There Punishment for Disobeying the Lord God? If so, What Was It?

There is no denying the fact that Adam and Eve received a measure of punishment for disobeying the Lord in Eden. Yes! Neither Adam or Eve died (physically) and their disposition remained (seemingly) ...
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Is Jesus's crown of thorns a callback to Adam's curse of thorns?

Look at other thematic parallels: Adam was the first born of the living (Gen 2:7-20) made in the image of God, and given dominion over creatures and the earth (Gen 1:26); Yeshua was the first born of ...
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Is the translation "rib" for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

Insight into the meaning of the Hebrew word צֵלָע (tzela) can be found in the LXX, Vulgate, as well as the Aramaic targumim. They show us how those translators interpreted (and thus, translated) the ...
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130 years Genesis 5:3

This link to Bill Heidrick's list gives about thirty possible meanings associated with the number 130, and its primes - 2, 5, 13 - based on the Gematria idea and system. I have no idea how ...
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Why is Seth said to be in likeness and image of his father in Genesis 5:3?

It is clear that all men are made in God’s image even after the fall. ““Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:6‬ The idea ...
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How did Adam know that Eve had been formed out of his rib/bone in Genesis 2:23?

How did Adam know that Eve had been formed out of his rib/bone? Genesis 2:21-23: "So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed ...
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