First Breath

dust

Then the LORD God formed adam as dust from the ground, and breathed into his face the breath of life; then adam became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)In the opening scene of the Bible, death enters only thinly disguised in the specter of “dust from the ground.” This repetition—dust and ground in tandem—is an adumbration of human mortality, set as the curtain rises, to alert us to the inevitability of death, so that the first breaths of man and woman which follow should not bewitch us into the … [Read more...]