[b-hebrew] watered ground & forming dust

Jim T. jtifft at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 9 20:32:52 EST 2009

As a lay teacher I always refer my students to this in Psalm 90:4  Here the
lord is telling us why time seems so misunderstood.
(Psalm 90:2-6 NRSV) 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you
had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are
God. 3 You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals." 4 For a
thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a
watch in the night. 5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass
that is renewed in the morning; 6 in the morning it flourishes and is
renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
Jim Tifft
Universal City, United Methodist Church
Universal City, Texas
jtifft at sbcglobal.net

-------Original Message-------
From: Gerry Folbre
Date: 11/09/09 18:59:56
To: B-Hebrew
Subject: [b-hebrew] watered ground & forming dust
I would like to discuss what I perceive as incongruent anomalies composed
within Gen. 2:6b & 2:7a.
Gen. 2:6b והשׁקה את־כל־פני־האדמה׃ ...  {and irrigated [watered/made wet] the
whole face of the ground).
Gen. 2:7a ... וייצר יהוה אלהים את־האדם עפר מן־האדמה  {and it formed the
human archetype of dust from the ground ...)
Gen. 2:6b states that the entire face (surface) of the ground is irrigated.
But then Gen. 2:7a not only describes “dry, loose earth (or dust)” being
found upon the newly irrigated surface of the ground, Gen. 2:7a also
apparently stats that somehow this “dry, loose earth (dust)” can somehow be
“formed”.  However, “dust (dry, loose earth) from the ground” is not an
earthly substance that lends itself to being “formed {like a potter forms a
If there is anyone who may have some constructive insight into these
contextual anomalies, I look forward to discussing these subjects with you.
Gerry Folbre
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