Adamah - From Earth, And Yet More
by Lois Tverberg
When we read Genesis in English, we don't see several wonderfully profound ideas contained in the words it chooses to describe the relationship of man to the rest of creation and to God. The word for ground is adamah, and of course the first human is called "Adam." It perfectly fits the scene of God forming Adam from the adamah, and the fact that Adam's skin is red (adom, in Hebrew), like the ground. Adam is given the task of working the adamah, and when Adam dies, he will return to the adamah.
Even though we are fundimentally made from the earth, the Scripture says that we are unique in our connectedness to God himself, when he created us in his image and breathed the ruach (breath) of life into us. We are not mini-gods, we are created things just like everything around us. But, we are different from the rest of creation because of the unique kind of life we were given by God himself.
There is a wise rabbinic saying about this. It is said,
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