Friday, February 21, 2020

Dust to dust

On the basis of biblical evidence, we must therefore conclude that all people are formed from dust (see also Eccles 3:20). This is confirmed when we learn in Genesis 3:19 that dust is an expression of mortality—dust we are and to dust we will return. All of us share that mortality. We thus discover that Adams formation from dust does not pertain uniquely to him; it pertains to all humans. Further evidence can be found in Job 10:9: Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Here Job sees himself as molded by God, which is not a claim that he was not born of woman like everyone else. When the text reports Adam being formed from dust, it is not expressing something by which we can identify how Adam is different from all the rest of us. Rather, it conveys how we can identify that he is the same as all of us. Being formed from dust is a statement about our essence and identity, not our substance. In this, Adam is an archetype, not just a prototype.—The Lost World of Adam and Eve, p. 76

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