Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam portrayed Adam as purely male. In the two creation stories we are told that Adam is male and female – Gen. 1:27 “God created man … male and female’ – Gen. 5:2 “Male and female created he them … and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created”. So this is stressed twice.

Right from the word go the ancient scribes were telling us there are two forces in the world – one masculine and the other feminine, one representing establishment (law and order – rib cage) and one the creative (life-giving, able to birth) – in other words patriarchy and matriarchy. This is very contrary to Aslan’s meek and mild pantheism – refracted light, although different in color, comes from the same source – in other words there is no conflict. But there is conflict, Light and Dark, Day and Night, conflict even between cultures that humanize God.

God rested once sentient Adam, mankind, was created. But Eve was the force of new life, transience, ascension, evolution or the verb of mankind.

The Jewish scribes never ended in pantheistic uniformity in their very developed philosophic treatise. Eve gave birth to Cain (possessiveness, my and mine) but also to Abel (philanthropy – community), and then to the dominance of patriarchy. They recorded their pre-historical society in writing, their judges, kings and kingdoms and then their historical symbolism of their post-exilic age. They devised a duality of equality of the forces of patriarchy and the forces of matriarchy. They symbolized this as 1260 days each (2520 days) over a seven year period (360 X 7) firstly in Exodus and then Daniel. They carried this right through to the book of Revelation chapter 11 before the appearance of the dragon of chapter 12 and the replication of their beasts of chapter 13 all ending in fire and brimstone in a universal apocalypse. They never revealed Adam in the same manner as Michelangelo nor Reza Aslan as solely male pantheism. We need to travel a long and lonely road.

Decomposing

Right from earliest times the scribes noted the emergence of patriarchy within society. Patriarchy became the structure of society – its rib cage. There was Light and Darkness, Day and Night, in all aspects of the masculinity (Adam was male and female). Anything new had to be drawn from society. The new was always pre-conditioned by the old. The scribes were generalising giving a broad outline of factors they perceived in mankind’s trail of ascent.

The recollection of patriarchs was the ideal way the scribes could describe the overall nature of society. Each patriarch was given a long lifespan to symbolise how ingrained the masculine element had become within an evolutionary construct. The scribes characterised each patriarch through to Noah (rest) when a new beginning would be offered mankind. Noah was the recreation of the symbolic seventh day of rest as the ark landed on the highest point representing “new creation”, subjectivity pictured objectively as Mt. Ararat, as a ensample. The feminine element would be re-enabled with two of every kind entering within the protective ark.

Here is a quick surmimary of the characteristics of the patriarchs, documented in the early chapter 5, as described and sourced from concordances – Young and Strong. It is time to deliteralise and enjoy these myths:

Adam – a human being, man (mean of low degree) of the ground, firm – “Male and female … and called their name Adam” – Gen.5:2

Cain – acquisition, sense of fixity; a lance (as striking fast):- spear – first son of Adam (male and female)

Abel – fresh grassy meadow, emptiness or vanity, figuratively something transitory and unsatisfactory – second son of Adam (male and female)

Seth – compensation, sprout – very wide application, apply, array, bring, consider, lay, let alone, look, make, mark – 975 years – Gen. 5:6 –third son of Adam (male and female)

Enos -mortal – fail, feeble, in the flower of their age, man, people, person, servant – 905 years – Gen. 5:9

Cainan – acquisition – a nest fixed – 910 years – Gen. 5:13

Jared – contender, avenger, to go downwards, to lower region, to bring down, run down, sink subdue) – 962 years – Gen. 5:19

Enoch – tuition, teacher – 365 years – Gen. 5

Methuselah – an antediluvian, strength, mighty patriarch, missile of attack, i.e. spear – 969 years – Gen. 5:26

Lamech – overthrower, wild man – 777 years – Gen. 5:30

Noah (rest) “was five hundred years old …. And begat Shem (renown), Ham (multitude, unproductive) and Japeth (extender by force)”. After patriarchy society was classified as three types each being – a third part each.

The scribes were composing types for edification. The writers pictured their written efforts as being of high lasting value in comparison to the non-contributing, non-producing masses and the belligerent possessive hungry warmongers. These types, male or female, predominant in all. It is time to decompose the literal interpretation drummed into us.

The Ten Matriarchal Instructions to combat the Ten Patriarchal Laws.

I – “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
II – “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
III – “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
IV – “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
V – “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
VI – “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
VII – “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
VIII – “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
IX – “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
X – “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)

By opposing Patriarchy one Atones.