Cliff's Edge

Cliff Goldstein

is editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. His next book, Baptizing the Devil: Evolution and the Seduction of Christianity has just been released by Pacific Press.

A Self-refuting Phrase

Funny how you can read a text for years, then read it again expecting nothing new but finding something new.

“And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7, KJV).

The Hebrew reads that God formed “the man,” as in one person. The words “his nostrils” reflects the singular again, as does the phrase “and the man became a living being” (NIV). The relevant verbs and nouns and possessive pronouns in Genesis 2:7 show that one man, the man, was created.

In contrast, Genesis 1:26 reads: …

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