Race in The Creation Story of Genesis

Race in The Creation Story of Genesis
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IN GENESIS CHAPTERS ONE AND TWO WE HAVE ‘ADAM MENTIONED IN THE MASORETIC TEXT, BUT NOT IN THE GREEK SEPTUAGINT OF GENESIS ONE. Scholars may not agree but early translators, including the KJV, indicate plural in Genesis chapter one and chapter 5:2, but singular in chapter two. Even ignoring this, we have a man and a woman (‘them”) being created (bara ‘) in Gen.1 before the ‘Adam (singular) who was formed (yatsar) in Gen.2. “Created” and “formed” have differing meanings. We cannot remain honest if we try to say that “created’ = bara ‘ is the same as “formed” = yatsar. (The same goes for plasso and ktizo in the New Testament).

From the sequence alone there is no way Genesis 2 could be a re-run of Genesis 1. On a weight of evidence basis, there is more to say that Adam (as we use the word) was the first spiritual man, but not the first biological man. In other words, God took one man from Genesis 1 and breathed into him the breath of life. “And man became a living soul”-(Genesis 2:7). The word “became” is consistently used in a manner showing the subject became something that it had not been before. Eve was the “mother of al living” with God’s breath, not of the others. This indicates that there are those with the Spirit, and those “having not the Spirit”-(Jude v19). The latter is the “natural man” who “cannot receive the things of God”-(1 Cor.2:14), but he may become very religious.