God created humans from dirt and it was only the insertion of the divine breath

God created humans from dirt and it was only the

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God created humans from dirt and it was only the insertion of the divine breath that gave these entities life - Every living this is distinguished from inanimate due to divine breath of life - This is a single composite being animated by the spirit of god – helps to explain why afterlife is a not nice place- the beings are not souls discrete from bodies- they are partial beings and only half entities without a body In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ; and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 5-7) God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. (Genesis 1: 29-30) They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. (Genesis 7:15) In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being. (Job 12:10) The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4) Cosmos of early Hebrew bible heaven is where god lives- sheol is where dead are Cosmology: from the heavens, down to Sheol – sheol as posthumous destination - Death as pale reflection of embodied existence - Focus: enjoyment of embodied life - Parallels? They made me jealous with what is no god, provoked me with their idols. I will make them jealous with what is no people, provoke them with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled by my anger, and burns to the depths of Sheol. it devours the earth and its increase, and sets on fire the
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foundations of the mountains. I will heap disasters upon them, spend my arrows against them: (Deuteronomy 32: 21-23) - Refers to notion of covenant- god is upset because Israelites aren’t adhering to rules so in anger his fire burns down to the depths of Sheol And Moses said, “This is how you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works; it has not been of my own accord: If these people die a natural death, or if a natural fate comes on them, then the Lord has not sent me. But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up, with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.” - There is a community with a group of men who risen against Moses and doesn’t want to follow commandments and god is PISSED - If they die by unnatural causes its God being upset As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground under them was split apart. The earth
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Judaism

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