God reached into the dirt, and kissed it. And suddenly, it was alive!
That first human was made in the image of God. It seems that it came with the breath itself.
I have been thinking about how Eve was made from Adam’s rib. And wondering how God’s image works through all of this.
It could be that God’s image was just copied into both of them.
But given all the stuff that is said about sex and marriage, and it seems like maybe a separate part of his image ends up in both of them. God’s image isn’t copied, it is broken in two, and Adam and Eve each get a part.
(This seems to connect with the second creation account, that occurs later in Genesis.)
Here’s the pretty amazing thing about this possibility:
It puts to bed all the talk about God as a ‘he.’ It locates the divine in the feminine and the masculine.
God the father and mother! So much more robust and liberating then just choosing one or the other. A pretty cool thing.