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This question caused me to look at the Genesis creation chapters with a view to how names are introduced into the narrative. Your comments pointed in that direction. It was a surprise to me, then, that God keeps referring to this one made in his image as "man", and not "Adam", until 2:19-20, the verses your question is all about. Seven ...


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Being we only have the information of his three sons, I think we have to go with that, but Noah may have had daughters before his 3 sons. They naturally got married, moved away, and were not part of his family anymore, or made it into the ark.


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Simple! GEN 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings so that they are like us. Let them rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the livestock and all the wild animals. And let them rule over all the creatures that move along the ground.” God had previously given man (Adam) dominion over the animals. Therefore only ...


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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 know the creatures under his care. After the work of naming was complete it became clear that "no suitable helper was found" v20 leading to the ...


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Op asked why Adam was created alone. Adam lived alone with the animals for a while and saw that there were two of each of them. He probably enjoyed the animals but felt like something was missing for him. One would think he would desire someone to be along his side just like the animals each had a partner. God took Eve out of Adams own body so he would ...


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Interesting! Genesis 1:27 states that God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. However, God first created a child (Gen 2:7) because, I suppose, He wants us to see that all children have to begin their lives and learn. Adam had a learning curve for sure! But he had a Father and a Caregiver (...


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Riffing off of @NigelJ's answer, the man, Adam, is the Christ figure, and the woman, Eve, who co-ruled with Adam (Gen 1:27-28), is the figure of the church, who will co-rule with the Christ (2 Tim 2:11-12). As Adam was the first to enter into the creation with Eve to follow, Christ was the first to enter into the New Creation through his resurrection, with ...


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There is a tradition of interpretation starting from Origen, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Maximus Confessor in the East and John Scotus Eriugena in the West that says that the divine idea on human being is one and it does not entail division of sexes. This one man (not in the sense of sex/gender) was created to love and stick up towards God and grow in Him ...


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Paradoxically, Adam was created alone (but not for long) and first to emphasize the fundamental importance of the gregarious nature of humans. Creating Adam alone (for a short time) was a means to emphasize man's incompleteness - God could say that "it is not good that man should be alone". Note the literary contrast in the creation narrative of ...


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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 Creator, and he creates that which is according to his own will, his own purpose, his own desires and his own person. That which was created was a figure of the ...


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