Key 4 to master Biblical Hebrew and unlock Bible meaning is literal and figurative meaning for Biblical Hebrew words. Figurative reflects the spiritual, much more important.
Literal and its counterpart, figurative meaning, is probably the most under-used key of Biblical Hebrew to deeper comprehension of the Bible.
Literal and figurative vocabulary meanings are not unique to Hebrew; we find it in English and other languages too. For example, night literally is the twelve-hour period of darkness, but figuratively we use it in expressions like a long night for the survivors. This can be figurative, referring to dark, evil, and confusion.
The mystery of God and the Bible is substantial. So significant that many wonder what to believe and what is probably folklore with no evidence. When it comes to the Bible, how many take it seriously? And how many consider it to be an instruction manual for the 21st century? The idea that a book, written by multiple authors between 2000 and 3500 years ago, could be relevant for contemporary society is a far-fetched fantasy.
(Agony of Humankind, Epilogue)
This closing chapter is not just the epilogue of Agony of Humankind and the Antidote. It is the culmination of over…
The antidote, the last chapter of Agony of Humankind, the ultimate chapter of God’s plan. What or Who can breach the formidable defenses blocking the way to the Tree of Life? It will take more than weapons or stealth.
Genesis evokes both the agony of humankind through the sorrow humankind would suffer and the antidote to counteract the agony. Chapter 3:15 refers to an important step, not to say leap in applying the antidote.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman (the AGONY), and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head…
“Get out” sounds rather cynical coming from a loving God. Am I exaggerating God’s action? Why would God throw someone out and padlock the door behind them?
The last post dealt with WHY God put them out. To worship themselves, to experiment with all their ideas, God wants humanity to test every single dystopia and utopia to see that NONE of them work. They’re all INcoherent cacophony compared to the Coherent Completeness of the Garden of Eden. We saw that ‘God sent them forth.” from the Garden. They need the time to run through the full gamut of relationship and…
Till the ground seems disconnected as a punishment for Adam and Eve’s behavior in the Garden of Eden. Here’s both the meaning and implication of their sentence for them and you and me in the 21st century. Their judgment is still in effect today.
In the continuity of Genesis 3, God clothed the couple with skin coats, representing a code of ethics for their new world. He highlighted the primary issue for their expulsion, “they have become as gods, to know good and evil,” they decided for themselves good and bad, rather than accept God’s code of ethics. …
Knowing good and evil is God’s description of the state of Adam and Eve’s minds. Let’s understand what this means. It is the grounds for their exclusion from this exclusive and luscious Garden of Eden. There’s no mention of eating a forbidden fruit. What is the implication, if any, for us, in the 21st-century age of information?
Continuing the narrative of Genesis 3, God has just clothed Adam and Eve with coats of skins. The Explanation devoted two chapters to reveal that figuratively God gave them a code of ethics to live in a new environment into which He was…
Rules of life and Wisdom do not come from critical thinking alone. Critical thinking should set us on the right track. Here’s the question. Can we find THE rules for life by observation? Through philosophy, science, or even religion? Yes, we can find SOME wisdom, there’s no doubt about that. But human thinking, with the best brain and mind power, already profoundly at work in the above four disciplines, has NOT come up with THE solution. So, where’s THE wisdom? Where are THE rules for life?
Critical thinking should be a mind-tool that each of us should know how to power-up and use. Unfortunately, it’s taught less and less as we dumb-down society. It’s time to face the Agony of Humankind head-on with an antidote. God gave one to the first man and woman.
Let’s situate this fast-paced changing context in Genesis. Gen. 3:18, sorrow for the woman, 19 is sorrow and death for the man. In verse 20, the man names Eve. And along comes another major shift to clothing. Of all things. WHY?
To Adam also and to his wife did the…
Eve in the Bible. She is the mother of all humanity. If there’s one woman who has a unique role in humankind, it is her. What a paradox, she instigated the eating from the forbidden Tree and has the distinction of being the progenitor, the mother of every single human being who has walked planet Earth. The significance of the narrative of Eve in the Bible is monumental.
Strange, this placement in Genesis 3:20 of what we might consider a trivial event. But we’ve already come to understand the importance of both the placement and the meaning of names.
Can we comprehend death? Is it a deliverance? Is there life after death? Will we see them again? When will we be reunited? What about communication with the dead? So many questions.
Death is very present in life. No one escapes it. But, very few understand what the life-death cycle is all about and whether it fits in a bigger plan. We’re discussing this for two reasons associated with Genesis 3. We’re at the end of God’s judgment of the Serpent, the woman, and to the man He states,
In the sweat of your face shall you eat…