[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:6
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Mon Sep 26 13:00:55 EDT 2005
Well, Job 36:27 made me doubt about 'ed as "mist" in the first place. Can't
be the mist that arises from waterless earth, and the clouds.
I would rather have Job 36:27 as something to do with "turn": he takes drops
of water *to return* them as his rain.
I cannot believe that anyone was stupid enough to put two creation stories
together. And I can grammatically reasonably read Gen2 as the story of
development of the world, not of its creation.
> 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.
>> 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.
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