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March 7, 2011

Science and Genesis 2: 4 – 3: 24 (part VIII)

Filed under: Genesis,Science — barrynewman @ 10:09 pm

Genesis 2: 5-7 – Setting the Scene (cont)

The “toledoth” of 2: 4 again

Is there an explicit connection between the toledoth of 2: 4 and the events of 2: 6, 7?  What did the heavens and the earth, when they were created, bring forth – remembering that the “heavens and the earth” phrase was followed by the “earth and the heavens” phrase?  It was argued above that these phrases taken together could indicate that the toledoth has both a looking back and a looking forward aspect.  Let us now consider the looking forward aspect afresh. Let us assume that 2: 6, by implication, does indeed state that Yahweh Elohim caused the rain cloud (that is ultimately rain) to come into existence, the rain cloud that “comes up from” the earth and waters the whole surface of the ground.  This statement is then followed by the claim of 2: 7 that Yahweh Elohim formed man from the dust of the ground. 

The basic structure is:                          Yahweh Elohim – rain – ground

                                                                      Yahweh Elohim – man – ground

Do we not have then in 2: 6, 7 an explanation of what comes forth from the heavens and the earth – the earth and the heavens, particularly if “heavens” is taken as suggestive of “Yahweh Elohim” and “earth” is taken as suggestive of “ground” (in the case of the rain it is expressly linked).  The heavens and the earth (Yahweh Elohim and the ground) bring forth rain and man.  Just a thought!

After rain and man comes garden and woman. Following man and woman, that is Adam and Eve, we find Cain and Abel.  The “generations” that follow from 2: 4 take us to the end of chapter four and then the next toledoth, found at the beginning of chapter 5, takes over.  This second toledoth, the toledoth of Adam, has a different perspective on Adam’s line than that conveyed in 2: 7 – 4: 26, just as there are two explicitly different perspectives on Esau’s line later in Genesis.

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