If I understand Christopher's latest post correctly, he seems to think that the female has a second rate position because she was made out of the man, but a careful reading of the Bible tells us otherwise.
In the Old Testament Hebrew, two words are translated as "man". The first is ADAM and the second is IYSH. ADAM is sometimes translated as "man" and sometimes literally as "Adam". ADAM is not the name of a person or even a man, but of a racial being that is the hermaphroditic combination of male and female in the image of God: "Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called THEIR name Adam, in the day when they were created." Gen 5:2
The word ADAM should not have been translated man as IYSH was, for it refers to a certain type of human. Genesis 2:26-27, where we have a description of the sixth creation day, is an example of ADAM being translated as "man" in all Bibles. Let's transliterate ADAM as it reads in the Hebrew as "Adam" and see how it reads: "And God said, Let us make Adam in our image, after our likeness... So God created Adam in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
This scripture is especially interesting when we read it in the light of the next chapter, which tells us that "on the seventh day God ended his work..." Gen 2:2 . On the seventh day, then, we are told that the "end" or last work of God was the creation of woman. She was taken out of the man and brought to him: "And Adam said, This is the bone of my bones, and the flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Gen 2:23-24
If woman was not created until the seventh day then who was the female mentioned as existing during the sixth day?
The amazing answer as we shall illustrate is that the male and female were united in one body during the sixth day and were divided in two on the seventh day (or period).
Enlightenment on this mystery is revealed in the Hebrew word for God. In the first part of Genesis ELOHIYM is used. This is a strange word because it is plural and has been literally translated as "Gods". The mystifying part is that it is used with a singular verb. In other words, if the first part of Genesis were translated literally it would read: "In the beginning Gods creates the heavens and the earth." Translators have generally used God (singular) for ELOHIYM because of the belief in one God and it also goes with the verb. On the contrary, we know that God is not singular because later it reads: "And God (ELOHIYM) said, Let US make ADAM in our image..." Thus we see that God is more than one entity and Adam was made in its (or their) image.
How is God plural? This is indicated in the word itself. The first part of the word is EL and is masculine and means "strong". The second part of the word is thought to come from ALAH which means "to covenant". This part of the word is feminine. It is also thought by some scholars to correspond to the name of the Muslim God "Allah." If we place the meanings together, we can say that ELOHIYM, or God, means "strong covenant".
If we add the fact that the male and female genders in the word indicate the "us", and that which makes the word plural are a male and female united, we can say that God, or ELOHIYM, is "a male and female united through a strong covenant".
Verily, this is the power that created the heavens and the earth and in this light the first verse of Genesis could be translated as: "In the beginning male and female energies united by strong covenants (or bonds) to create the heaven and the earth."
This agrees with the idea that all manifested form was created through the marriage of opposing energies of the one wavelength.
Genesis continues and tells us that God made Adam in his own image "male and female created he them".
God, who is male and female united by a strong covenant, created Adam, who was the image of God, or male and female united by a strong covenant...
This first Adam was created out of the non-physical (from our point of view) ethers and was like a living cell with male and female united into one. He was a reflection of the Divine Hermaphrodite God with all the capabilities of reproduction.
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