Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bit at a Time Bible Hebrew -- Genesis 3:19-21

Genesis 3:19-21
יט בְּזֵעַת אַפֶּיךָ תֹּאכַל לֶחֶם עַד שׁוּבְךָ אֶל־הָאֲדָמָה כִּי מִמֶּנָּה לֻקָּחְתָּ כִּי־עָפָר אַתָּה וְאֶל־עָפָר תָּשׁוּב:
כ וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ חַוָּה כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה אֵם כָּל־חָי: כא וַיַּעַשׂ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים לְאָדָם וּלְאִשְׁתּוֹ כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר וַיַּלְבִּשֵׁם:
Translation:    In the sweat of your face you shall eat food until your return to the earth for from it you were taken for you are dust and to dust you shall return. 
The man named his wife Chavvah because she was the mother of all life.
**** Gd made for Adam and his wife cloaks of skin and dressed them.
Vocabulary in this lesson:
Bread, food
Your return
Dressed them
1.  Can you identify what zeat is?
2.  Can you guess what the root of shuvkha is?
3.  Note that em is plain “mother,” while “his mother” was imo a few lessons back.
4.  “Dressed them,” yalbishem is hifil which has what connotation?
Notice that the only situation in which the first verse can be about baked bread, is if you assume that this episode has to do with agriculture.  If you realize that it comes from a time long before agriculture, as I discuss in the Fact-Checking article, then you have to translate lechem as food.  In fact people invented sickles by 18,000 BCE but it took until 7,800 BCE for remains to be left of grain stalks that there was no other way to get the grain from except by human hands or tools.  There’s no sense inventing sickles unless people had been eating the ancestors of wheat and so on for a long time.  If it took 10,000 years for the wheat to change so that it needed human intervention, then you can estimate that people ate wheat for at least 10,000 years before they invented sickles.   Probably longer.  So much for the “Paleo” diet.
Now notice that Adam and Chavvah did NOT die.  See the Fact-Checking lesson.

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