[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:5-8

Vadim Cherny VadimCherny at mail.ru
Mon Oct 3 07:42:26 EDT 2005

1) alah min has an attested sense of migration or, at any rate, of meaningful ascent. That turn is inapplicable to mist.

2) "formed from the dust of the ground" would be min-aphar haadama. The text, however, is, aphar min-haadama.

3) "breathed life into his nostrils" is implausible, because nph b has an attested sense of "to blow into someone's face, reject." Ezekiel 37:9, the only exception, is recursively modeled upon Gen2:7.

4) "became a living soul" ignores the preposition le, "became for a living soul."

And an exegetical question, Would any of you profess the religion where God formed people and animals from earth?

Vadim Cherny

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