It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings”
This is the second entry in the series of patriarchal vignettes drawn from the stories about different men throughout biblical history. Please see Adam – The Second Patriarch: Part 1 – Creation of Patriarchy for the first part of this vignette about Adam.
By naming the beasts and birds, the man demonstrated he had authority over them and used it for good. But, for whatever reason, he did not exercise that authority over the serpent when it talked to the woman. He allowed the serpent to beguile his woman.
This is the first entry in the series of patriarchal vignettes drawn from the stories about different men throughout biblical history. The second part is Adam – The Second Patriarch: Part 2 – A Patriarch’s Fall.
It was a beautiful day in the morning of the world. Just a few days earlier on Days Two and Three, the world had been spoken into existence by the Word of YHVH, given light on Day Four, populated with plants and all manner of beasts on Days Five and Six. Finally, in great and deep joy, YHVH made man in His image and put him in the Garden of Eden, then He rested on Day Seven. All was perfect. YHVH smiled and the Heavenly Host sang for joy (Job 38:4-11, esp. v.7).