[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:6
leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Sep 25 14:06:03 EDT 2005
Vadim, it is quite obvious that the object of "will rise" in 2:6 is 'ed. Job
36:27, which is the only other place in which the word is used, makes it
clear that 'ed has to do with water. Like it or not, Gen. 1:1-2:4 and the
rest of chapter 2 tell almost opposite creation stories. In chapter 1, the
world is founded on water, and man comes last. In chapter 2, the story
begins with man being put into a desert. You can argue about the kind of
irrigation system God would use, but "mist" is as good a guess as any.
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From: "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Genesis 2:6
> Does anyone know why 'ed in Genesis 2:6 is translated "mist"? This
> rendering has nothing to do with the root meaning, and both here and in
> Job "to turn" is more likely translation, assuming a derivation from
> Genesis 2:5 ends with, "Man was not there to work the ground."
> Genesis 2:6, "He [man] would turn, he would rise out of the earth, would
> water the whole face of the ground." The man was formed from earth to
> water it.
> Genesis 2:7, "Lord God begot the man, dust of the earth he [the man]
> breathed into his nostrils, essence of life; the man was for a living
> Translation "the mist" doesn't make much sense: if we assume that the
> earth was waterless, then where the mist came from? Besides, Genesis 1:7
> explicitly mentions that the earth included much water.
> Vadim Cherny
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