Genesis Chapters 1 - 3. Problem: God’s Empty Threat.
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Sometime before the 2nd century BCE, someone connected this problem with a verse in the book of Psalms. Psalms 90: 4 - “For a thousand years in Your sight are as yesterday, the way it passes, or like a watch in the night.”If one day (“yesterday”) in God’s sight actually equals a thousand years, then the fact that Adam died at the age of 930 would put his demise some time in the late afternoon of a single “day” of God’s.
Serpent of the story is clever and convinces Adam and Eve to become ‘clever’. May have connection with worship of snakes elsewhere in the Near East. Divine serpent an apt vehicle for transmission of the sacred knowledge of agriculture.
By eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, humans have acquires powers previously held exclusively by God: “the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil” (3:22)