[b-hebrew] watered ground & forming dust

Gerry Folbre gfolbreiii at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 21:14:19 EST 2009


Oun Kwon:

The Hebrew masculine noun “עפר {dust; dry, loose earth) from the ground" is
never used as a synonym of the masculine noun חמר {cement, mortar, clay (as
material of vessels; of God’s fashioning man; as material of human bodies),
mire}.  Therefore, עפר & חמר are not synonymous.

>From my point of view, the commentaries you have been reading are incorrect.




Gerry Folbre


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:57 PM, Oun Kwon <kwonbbl at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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