[b-hebrew] Dying, you will die Gen 2:17
abh19 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 4 15:32:40 EDT 2007
I have some thoughts on the subject, which I would be happy to
discuss but since it is biblical interpretation rather than hebrew
language, the subject really isn't on-topic for b-hebrew. I'll email
you my thoughts (well, some of them) off-list instead.
On Apr 4, 2007, at 2:49 PM, Scott McAliley wrote:
> Aaron and Harold,
> Thank You for your help, and for your time, and your quick
> response. You confirmed what I already knew -that I know nothing
> about Hebrew Grammar :) and I now understand the passage a little
> better, grammatically. But from a theological (or at least
> logical) standpoint, I'm not sure that my theory that Adam and Eve
> were already dying before sin doesn't still have a little life in
> it, even if the "dying,die" phrase doesn't add anything to it. If
> eating from the tree of life after rebelling would have caused them
> to go on living forever, then eating of it before sin would have as
> well. But it seems apparent that they had not eaten of it, since
> barring them from it was part of their punishment for sin, and we
> are told specifically that this was done so they would not reach
> out their hands, take, eat, and live forever. And what is
> something that will not live forever, but something that is dying?
> I know this would be drifting away from Biblical Hebrew
> slightly, but would anyone like to discuss this or any other
> related garden topics?
> I am doing a study of the entire Bible as it regards the innate
> mortality or immortality of the human soul, and the garden seems to
> offer a lot of answers. I am a Christian, but I do not hold to the
> traditional teaching that all souls are immortal and eternal,
> because I can find no evidence for it in the Old or New Testament.
> It seems plain from Scripture that immortality is reserved for
> those who accept God's salvation, and destruction(after judgement)
> is the destiny of those who do not. I would love to discuss this
> with anyone on either side of the issue, if that is allowed on this
> forum. It would be particularly helpful for me to do it here, with
> people who understand Hebrew because that is inevitably going to
> come into play.
> Scott McAliley
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