The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from Gary about Genesis 2:19 - 22 Jul 2006
Hope you remember me! (Gary from www.animalwritings.com).
I have a question on Genesis 2:19. I interpret it as God “kicking off” / giving blessing to a loving guardianship between humans and animals. It says God “formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky,” but He had already created the animals I thought. Does “formed” mean fashioning an individual from the various species? A pesky skeptic asked me and I figured I’d consult with someone who has studied this more. Not that I tend to get bogged down in hair-splitting. I like to look at the bigger picture, e.g., what’s required of us.
Thanks so much.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Yes, we remember you.
You’re correct in your interpretation of Genesis 2:19. The naming is a personal naming such as one gives to a child or to a companion animal.
God formed both humans and animals from the earth/ground and not from other species; thus we have a kindred relationship with all the other animals.
We hope this helps.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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