[b-hebrew] watered ground & forming dust

Oun Kwon kwonbbl at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 20:57:11 EST 2009


I'm ignorant of Hebrew. As I read from some commentaries, however, I
take it as 'humus' or 'clay' rather than 'dust'.

Oun Kwon.

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:59 PM, Gerry Folbre <gfolbreiii at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> vessel)”.
>
>
>
> 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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