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Genesis 2:4-25 retells the creation of man and woman as preparation for the account of the Fall in ch. Moses gave us the broad outline of creation in :3 and then filled in details having to do with the creation of human beings in the rest of ch. As if in answer to the blessings of Creation, this passage supplies a threefold cursing (of Satan , of the ground because of man , and of Cain ).
"Yet in this deteriorating life there is a token of grace () and a ray of hope (man began to call on Yahweh)." Moses constructed this section of Genesis in a chiastic (palistrophic, crossing) structure to focus attention on the central scene: the Fall.
Chapter 2 verses 4 and 5 set the stage for what follows by explaining what agricultural land was like before man started farming. This rules out the view that man descended from the gods, which was popular in the ancient Near East and was foundational in Egyptian cosmology. nesama) was God's breath that gave Adam life, spiritual understanding (Job 32:8), and a functioning conscience (Prov. It may also have imparted moral, intellectual, relational, and spiritual capacities. The Edenic Covenant was also different, in that God promised death for failure to obey His command: to abstain from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God not only evaluated Adam's condition, He also rectified it. The man is created first, with the woman to help the man, not vice versa (see also 1 Tim. She was comparable to him, in contrast to the rest of the animal creation.D Scene 4 (narrative): The man and the woman are primary (3:6-8).