[b-hebrew] watered ground & forming dust

Steve Teague cosmos at intergate.com
Wed Nov 11 08:50:43 EST 2009


Not knowing the finer points of the grammar I can't comment on them. 
However, as one who has installed irrigation systems on my few acres in east 
Texas, I can say that this kind of irrigation process is never continuous, 
nor even uniform (although I may irrigate the entire surface from time to 
time), and it is desireable for the land to dry out from time to time. If 
this is the kind of watering Genesis refers to, perhaps this present day 
example may offer some insight. But then again, the context may not support 
that this is the kind of watering that is meant.

Steve Teague

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gerry Folbre" <gfolbreiii at gmail.com>
To: "B-Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 6:59 PM
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
> 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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