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Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

This section (2:4–7) is introduced as “the account of the heavens and the earth”; this is the first of ten units in Genesis introduced with “account of” (or, “story of, descendants of”). In a sense man is viewed as the offspring of the heavens and the earth. But it is an earth without vegetation (v. 5a) and water (v.5b), except for subterranean streams (v. 6).
God is pictured as a potter. He forms man from the dust. Perhaps we should translate dust as mud or clay, for potters do not work with dust. The idea of God creating man from the earth is mentioned elsewhere in the Old Testament (Job 4:1910:8Pss. 90:3103:14104:29146:4). Not only is God potter, he is animator as well. God breathes the breath of life into man. More
Hamilton, Victor P.Genesis.” Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Vol. 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995. 12. Print. Baker Reference Library.
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