Gender and Sexuality - Topic 10 A Physical Being Readings for this Topic Prokes M T(1996 Toward a theology of the body Grand Rapids MI Eerdmans Pp 2449

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SO302/402 Topic 10 Page 1 Topic 10 A Physical Being Readings for this Topic Prokes, M. T. (1996). Toward a theology of the body. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. Pp. 24- 49. Introduction In many ways saying that people are ‘physical beings’ seems self - evident. Obviously this is true. We all possess bodies. We all eat, drink, sleep, respire and so on. However, it may surprise you to know that the issue of the human body (i.e., the physical dimension of personhood) has been a source of major contention throughout Christian history. In fact I’ll virtually guarantee that some of the things we are going to discuss today will come as a surprise to many of you because we have all been impacted, to greater or lesser degrees, by ideas from Church history that are not always entirely accurate. Theref ore, I think it’s important that we begin this topic by going back to our foundations as Christians and consider what the Bible has to say about the physical dimension of our humanness. A Theology of the Physical Human Being Biblical Teaching on Human as Physical Beings Significantly, the important idea that human beings are physical beings is introduced at the very beginning of the Bible in the account of human creation given in chapter 2 of the Book of Genesis: The Lord God took a handful of soil and made a man. God breathed life into the man, and the man started breathing (Gen 2:7; CEV). You may not know this but the Hebrew word for man is Adam’ which comes from the Hebrew word "ah-dah-MAH", meaning earth, soil or ground. Therefore, right from the beginning the intrinsically and fundamentally physical nature of our humanness is captured in the name of our first forefather. To be even more accurate, however, The Book of Genesis presents human beings as being physical entities who are infused and enlivened by God’s divine ‘breath’ (i.e., His ruach or