check the first 2 verses about the creation of man. the word there is adam, not man. it's important to realize what that implies in the backdrop of
if adam (a plural word) is created in the image of the elohim (a plural word) and some are male and some are female, this means the adamic race
contained males and females. they weren't procreative (no reproduction) because new adam were created in the image of the elohim.
then the story of eve. eve is called eve in the text, BEFORE adam actually calls her that, so it's foreshadowing.
when we first see eve, she's just another member of the adamic race. what differentiates her and the male adam she partners with, is the ability to
know: (adam knew
his wife and she begat) to procreate, to create new copies of the adamic race like the elohim did,
but without assistance or direction of the elohim. knowing good and evil is referring to creating good and evil, but in the case of the procreative
adam, it meant procreating good and evil.
they were not hermaphrodites when the story begins. the text is trying to tell you that new adam would no longer be made in the image of the elohim
but in the image of the adam -- thus the new eve is made from the dna of the adam. there were male adams and female adams created in the image of the
to me, it sounds like it's saying the entire thing was a 3 step process:
1) the copying/duplicating/cloning of new adam (males and females) from the elohim templates
2) the change to copying/duplicating new adam via copying of adam dna rather than elohim dna (?)
3) the decision to accept and engage in, procreation. (the fall narrative)
i think the writer (moses) is telling the data, from both the egyptian and mesopotamian tradition because, if you recall, noah's descendants via ham
(chem/egypt), would've taken the original mesopotamian story to egypt after the black sea flood. and moses would've learned it while in the pharaoh's
household, albeit after many generations, and his mother, who was his nanny in pharaoh's household, would've taught him the original mesopotamian
story as well, albeit many generations after the black sea flood. i can imagine him at that point, praying for guidance over which parts were legit.
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