Category Archives: Old Testament

Why Was Adam Created?

Well, it’s that time, again. My class on the Genesis creation stories begins next month. Accordingly, I’ve been spending time reflecting on topics that students invariably find difficult to accept. One good example is Genesis 2:4b-9. Many of us, familiar … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name: Adam

In biblical Hebrew, like English, proper nouns almost always appear without a definite article (the). So, for example, when we refer to someone by name we never say “The Sharon” or “The Richard”1)I can think of only one exception – can you … Continue reading

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Reading The Genesis Creation Stories

When I teach the Genesis creation stories, I always begin with the proposition that we ought to read these two narratives as symbolic, not literal. To be more specific, I draw a simile between the Genesis stories and George Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Genesis 3:5: Like God or Like gods?

In Genesis 3:5, God reveals one of the consequences of eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Here’s the NRS’s version: “for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, … Continue reading

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