Yesterday’s post focused on the use of singular and plural in Genesis 3. I asked for your thoughts upon reading through the text. Here are some of mine:
- It’s interesting to note that Satan discusses God’s command as a plural (directed to Eve and Adam) while God talks about the command in the singular. Just a style difference? A reflection of the personal nature of commands vs. impersonal? Indication that God saw Adam as ultimately responsible for the command being observed?
- When God seeks out the sinning couple, He calls to Adam. Singular.
- God first queries Adam as to his sin, then follows the chain to Eve and to the serpent.
- The punishments given out are both personal for the serpent and for Eve (indirectly to all women), while Adam’s punishment falls on creation itself and brings death to all humanity (stated in singular, yet understood to affect all).
In the next post we’ll talk about the language of verse 3:16. That verse often comes up in discussions of men and women in the church. It’s deserving of its own post.
When I read Genesis 3, I see God holding Adam accountable in a special way. This fits with my understanding of the biblical teaching of male leadership. I would not build an entire theology around this one passage (nor any one passage); I’m merely saying that it fits.