[b-hebrew] Gen 2.18

Steve Miller smille10 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 19 23:11:56 EST 2007

Sorry for such a late response.

Is it possible that God formed Adam on Day 3 of Gen. 1, but the creation of
Adam was not finished until Day 6, when He split Adam into male and female?
That would require, from Gen 1:26, that Adam was not in God's image and
likeness until he was split into male and female. It would also require that
Adam was not fit to rule the earth until he was split into male and female.
Then Gen 2 would be the details, not just of day 6, but of days 3-6.

I am just toying with this thought. In order for me to think this is true, I
would need at least one, preferably 2 other supports from the Bible, and I
don't know of any. If anyone has any evidence either for or against, I would
be most grateful.

Like Anthony Becker, I am not satisfied with Collins' explanation to
translate Gen 2:19 in the past perfect. I read Collins, and to me, his
argument is unsatisfying. He gives no possible reason for why the Author did
not use a normal way of writing a past perfect: either by starting the
sentence with "wyhwh elohim", or by saying "And the Lord God brought to Adam
every beast of the field and every fowl of the air, which He had formed out
of the ground." But, it may be that starting the sentence with "wyhwh
elohim" would indicate a break in the narrative, like 1:2; 2:5; 3:1 & 4:1,
which would be unwanted here. It may be that saying "which He had formed out
of the ground" loses the emphasis on "formed out of the ground" in contrast
to taken out of Adam's flesh and bone.

-Steve Miller
The words of the Lord are pure words, 
tried as silver is tried, 
tested in a furnace of earth,
7 times purified. (Psalm 12:6)

> From: B. M. Rocine Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 9:50 AM
> Correction: Collins discusses 2:19, specifically, vayyicar.
> B
> B. M. Rocine wrote:
> > B-Haveray,
> >
> > Folks may want to read Collins, "THE /WAYYIQTOL/ AS 'PLUPERFECT': WHEN
> > AND WHY <#anchorART-08>"
> > (http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/tyndale/tb/tb46-1.htm#anchorART-08).
> > Collins discusses Gen 2:18 as an unmarked pluperfect.
> >
> > Shalom,
> > Bryan
> >

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