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The 'eth haa Aadam of Genesis 1:27
 

 

Genesis 1:27

Gen 1:27
27 So God created*1 man*2 in his own*3 image, in the image of God he created him; male and female created he them*4.
 

*NOTE: man*2 here is .
The
Article and the Particle are here with this particular occurrence of the word "man" (aadam) in the Hebrew manuscripts, we will cover that further below.

Embedded notes in Scripture (by #):

*1 created = Hebrew word #1254 bara' (baw-raw'); a primitive root; (absolutely) to create; to shape, to fashion, to create (always with God as subject), used of heaven and earth, used of individual man, used of birth, used of something new.

*2 man = Hebrew word #120: 'adam (aw-dawm'); a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): mankind (the much more frequently intended sense in the Old Testament).

[See note at left]

*3 own = This word is not in the original manuscripts and is in this case wrongly supplied. You will notice in the King James Version (KJV) and in the New King James Version (NKJV) that this word is in italics, that means that it is a word the translators added to make the verse more 'readable' in the English. Also note that 'elohiym is a plural noun and does not fit grammatically with "in his own image."  Also see note below.

*4 male and female created he them = Notice here in Gen 1:27 that both male and female were created at the same time. Contrast this with Gen 2:7 where Adam is formed (not created) first, and then in Gen 2:22 Eve is taken from him. This is significant!

Note: Whenever you see a word italicized in your KJV Bible it means that the word is not in the original manuscripts, but was added by the translators because sometimes one Hebrew or Greek word requires two or three English words to properly relay the value of the word. Their intent was harmless, but sometimes they were wrong. The translators were not aware that there were two creation events and that this was speaking of the first event involving many different peoples, thus the phrase: In God's OWN image is not correct; the correct phrase is: In God and the Angels image ('elohiym). 

 

A Necessary Note on Genesis 1:27
(Especially to SCN students)

       There is dilemma of sorts here.  Not really a dilemma in the Scriptures, but a dilemma in the manner that we have taught them.  And I myself am guilty of this.  What I mean is that many (including us in the past) have placed so much emphasis on the 'eth haa-'aadam of Gen 2:7 that the matter becomes completely confused when we are met with an 'eth haa-'aadam here in Gen 1:27.

       This (the 'eth haa-'aadam in Gen 1:27) can only seen by reading from the manuscripts themselves (which we include a picture of the text below for you to share) because the Hebrew Article and Particles are not always evident in the English Bible.  In fact, the King James Bible leaves us high and dry here, for while in the Hebrew the word "man" in Gen 1:27 has BOTH the Article and the particle, the Bible prints it simply as "man" without even capitalizing it; i.e., "So God created man..." (Gen 1:27).  It doesn't even say "the man" whereby we may have been alerted to the Article.  So this is an error with many to blame.

       And many of the greats have made this error; Pastor Murray doesn't teach it, Bullinger omits it in his appendix #14 of the Companion Bible:  The Synonymous Words used for "Man" where he says:  

"[Adam] [w]ith the particle Hebrew: eth ('eth) in addition to the article it is very emphatic, and means self, very, this same, this very,. See Genesis 2:7 (first occurrence), 8,15." [You notice that Bullinger failed to mention Gen 1:27]

        But then in his footnotes in that same Companion Bible, for Gen 1:27 he says of this word "man":

"Here the Heb[rew] 'adam has the art[icle] and the demonstrative Heb[rew] 'eth [the particle], to indicate that the man Adam created in [Gen]2:7 was the man purposed here."

       Bullinger was wrong in his assumption that they were speaking of the same man, for he did not know of the two creation events, but he did notice the article and the particle here but omitted it in his above appendix.  So we are not alone in this confusion, but nevertheless, when one discovers that he has left something amiss, and that correction is needed, it is best to simply make the correction and move on.  No man is perfect.

       The Hebrew Particle is unrepresented in the English so that it does not appear in many transliterated works.  The Particle is an actual Strong's word and it's definition is as follows:

(The Particle): Hebrew word #:853 'eth (ayth); apparent contracted from [Hebrew word #]226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self, (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely): KJV - [as such unrepresented in English].


The different forms of the Hebrew word 'adaam
(Note: The Hebrew characters are reversed
from our English, and read right to left)

  'adam is man, any man, men, mankind.
  haa-'adam
with the Article is the man.
'eth haa-'adam with the Article & Particle is this particular man Adam.

I know that it seems like the definitions are 'splitting hairs,' but it is much easier to understand these words and their different meanings and weights & values  when viewing them in a Scripture:

Gen 1:26-27
26 And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. KJV

Gen 2:7
7 And the LORD God formed man
of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  KJV

       Because of the way that we and others have taught it, it has come to mean in the students mind that 'eth haa Aadam is like Adam's proper full name or something, like my name is Nick Goggin.  But this is not the case.  'eth haa Aadam does not mean Mr. Adam Eden.  While the man Adam from the Garden of Eden may be properly called 'eth haa Aadam, it does not mean that it is his proper name.

     Literally, 'eth haa Aadam, means This same man (that particular being spoken of).  So that:

in Gen 2:7 we know that "This same man" is talking about the one that the Lord God formed in the Garden of Eden;

however, and but, the 'eth haa Aadam "This same man" in Gen 1:27 is speaking of the male of the species who was created in the image of God (which is male - all angels and God are male - there is no female form in a spiritual body).  This can be seen by carefully reading the Scripture:

Gen 1:26-27
26 And God
['Elohiym] said, Let us make man ['adaam] in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God
 ['Elohiym] created man  ['eth haa-'adaam] in his own image, in the image of God ['Elohiym] created he him; male and female created he them. KJV

       In other words "in the image of God created he him" (the male), but "male and female created he them" (i.e., not in the image of 'Elohiym, but that both male and female were created at the same time). 

In other words, indeed man (male) was created in the image of 'Elohiym (God), but the female, while being fully human and a created human being, was not in the image of the 'Elohiym. 

In other words, God created the male whom He created, in his image; but the female that He created, He did not create in his image; i.e., women do not look like the angels, nor like God, nor like Jesus, for those were all male forms, and the women are female forms.  Woman was created for this age so that the Sons of God (the angels) could be born into the flesh of our world (age).  Males do not wombs.  In Heaven all will be in male forms once again.

       I wonder if I am getting my point across?  If I am then you will be thinking to yourself how perfect the Word of God is, for it differentiates things that we don't even know are there (i.e., that females, while indeed being created by God, and blessed (vs. 28), are simply not in His image). 

       And that is no big mystery, for was not Jesus a male, circumcised on the eighth day, and yet He told His Disciples that when they saw Him they had seen God; i.e., God is male when in the flesh.  Don't feel bad women, for even Eve was not in God's image but was rather taken from Adam.  It boggles the mind to imagine how many other hidden truths are right there in the open within the Scriptures!

John 14:9
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? KJV

Luke 2:22-27
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;
...27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
[circumcision]  KJV

       This will be much easier to understand for someone who is just learning of this, for those who have had the 'eth haa Aadam pounded into their heads as just about being as though the title was tantamount to being 'Mr. Adam Eden' must first unlearn the misconception before being able to relearn the clarity of the matter.  We apologize for any contribution to the confusion that we may have caused in the past by over emphasizing the value of 'eth haa-Adam in the Scripture of Gen 2:7 without explaining the occurrence of the term in Gen 1:27.  But we are happy to rectify it with the grace of God.  Also, there are over three-hundred pages on this site and it could perchance be that this is not clearly brought out in some other place.  This document takes precedence over any other discussion on the matter here on our site.


The 'eth haa Aadam of Genesis 1:27 & 2:7

Gen 1:27 - "So God created man...." (KJV)
Gen 2:7 - "And the LORD God formed man...."  (KJV)
Source: INTERLINEAR TRANSLITERATED BIBLE Copyright 1994 by Biblesoft. All rights reserved. OLD TESTAMENT: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Copyright 1967/77, 1983  Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft Stuttgart. Used by permission.

       In both of the above we see Adam with BOTH the Article and the Particle.  The Particle and Article in Gen 1:27 is to denote that the man (the male of the species) is made in the image of 'Elohiym (God) unlike the female;

but in Gen 2:7 the Article and the Particle are to denote that this particular man (on the eighth day) in the Garden was formed by Yehovah 'Elohiym (the Lord God) apart from the males created on the previous creation (on the sixth day). 

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