I’ve got a problem. Anyone who has read this blog or anything else I’ve written, will understand that I take the Bible seriously. In fact, I take it seriously enough to trust its words over accepted traditions and even doctrines of the Church. And when I do, I don’t do it lightly. So, here I go:
When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
(Genesis 2:5-7 ESV)
OK. “So, what’s the problem?” you might be asking yourself. Well, as I was reading my trusty Bible, I made it through the first chapter of Genesis without issue, but then I ran into the above passage in chapter two and I was stopped cold in my tracks, as it were. It says that God created the man who would become Adam “When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up.” The issue is that this places Adam’s creation on the third day of Chapter One, verses 11-13 to be precise.
We could delve into the semantics and translations and perform some word studies here or you can perform a search for good online interlinear Bible (in fact, that would be a good idea). the thing is, though, that I’ve already done all that and what I’ve found is that the sixth day creation of “man” is a generic, plural noun which translates to “mankind”. The word for “the man” in Chapter Two verse seven is a singular, masculine “man”. And, like I said, the description of his surroundings places him on the morning of day three of Creation.
Obviously, my conclusions open up a theological can of worms but so be it. I’m just reporting my observations. I’m open to debate and rebuttal concerning my conclusions. The facts of translation are pretty cut and dry though.
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