Gen 2:17: Dying thou shalt die

Ruthy & Baruch alster at
Thu Aug 24 17:02:20 EDT 2000

> <Bill>
> Are you saying that the text in Genesis permits a reading that the only
> elements missing from Adam to make him equal to God are his knowledge and
> immortality? God just got through making the heavens, the earth, the
> the animals, the garden and Adam and Eve by His Word. The text does not
> paint Adam as having that power - and there is no indication that he would
> have gained it with knowledge or immortality. I am merely pointing out
> the text does not demand equality in all things, only similarity in
> things.
The Rabbis make an interesting remark on the phrase 'wih:yiytem k"(lohiym',
saying that this was exactly what the snake promised them: to be creators of
worlds.  See Gen. Rabbah 19:4, cited in Rashi, Gen. 3:5.

Kol Tuv,
Baruch Alster
Kochav Ya`akov, Israel

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