[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:15 and 2:17 is garden feminine?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Nov 12 01:03:45 EST 2006


Yes Kenneth, the noun "gan" in verse 15 is feminine, so theoretically the 
object of "mot tamut" at the end of verse 17 COULD be the garden. However, 
from a contextual point of view this is a stretch: the object of verse 16 is 
the man, and verse 17 is a direct extention of verse 16. If the author had 
intended that the garden would die, he would have said so specifically. 
Besides, where in scripture is a garden (or any plant) ever  refered to as 
"dying"?


Yigal Levin

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "kenneth greifer" <greifer at hotmail.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:51 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Genesis 2:15 and 2:17 is garden feminine?


> In Genesis 2:17, G-d said to Adam that in the day that Adam eats from the
> tree of knowledge, "you will die". Could it say that in that day "she (the
> garden) will die"? Genesis 2:15 uses the letter hay "her" and not "vav"
> "him" about Adam watching the garden and dressing it. Is garden feminine 
> in
> this quote?
>
> Kenneth Greifer
> USA
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