[b-hebrew] Gen. 2:16-17 :: idiom or clumsy lie

YODAN yodanco at yodanco.com
Wed Nov 29 20:28:14 EST 2006

How about the meaning "on this day you will become aware of death" -- the
awareness of death that is worse than death itself. This, the awareness of
mortality, is one of the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit. 

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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Gen. 2:16-17 :: idiom or clumsy lie


We touched on this just recently. The text merely state "in (the) day"
without specifying any particular day, not even "this" day, which is
often used to specify a period of time, not a particular day.

So it can be understood that Adam started dying the day he ate the
fruit, but it took 930 years before he was laid in the grave.

As for the targum, I'll let others discuss that.

Karl W. Randolph.

On 11/29/06, Jay Frank <jif_mail at mac.com> wrote:
> On this day, you will surely die!
> But, of course, they didn't.
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