In the Beginning...

Genesis 2:5-8 - creation of Adam,the first man

Genesis 2:7
...the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. NIV
Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live. TEV

Dr. Nelson finds God's hands taking the dirt (earth, clay) and molding it, like on a potter's wheel, producing a man who is initially holy (set aside for a special purpose) and perfect.

Dr. Nelson finds a man arising from the dirt (earth, clay) as great and good.

(yin / imprint)
God imprints his image on the first man.

The old characters of (shi / God) + (tu / dirt - reflecting mankind's origin) combine to the newer (she / community, society). It is often combined with (hui / assemble) as (shehui / society). Modern societies generally forget that in the beginning the original society was formed with God beside his human creations (dirt symbol).

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