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Death Reigned From the Time of Some Made-Up Guy Until Moses

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When I read Romans 5, I am compelled to believe that there was a man named Adam. Indeed, one phrase of St. Paul’s stands out to me: “Death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” (v.14). Moses is never considered to be a mythical or an allegorical person, so it would seem odd for St. Paul to be saying that death reigned from the time period of someone who didn’t really exist, Adam, until the time of someone who did, Moses. Or is St. Paul not talking about a real period of time either? Further, the text speaks of a particular kind of “offense” committed by this “Adam.” Does it seem reasonable in this context that “Adam” is just a theological construct, a fictitious man who needs to be inserted into the equation by writers who know he’s fictitious, just so that those writers can find a convenient narrative for describing sin?

This being Groundhog Day, I can’t help but think of Bill Murray delivering some of the greatest lines ever: “Ned, I would love to stand here and talk to you, but I’m not going to.” (Ned) “What are you doing for dinner?” (Murray) “Something else.”

My wife and I are definitely bibliophiles. Having brought home a treasure trove of some great, old books that a kindly lady was giving away for free, we were going through them like pirates going through their booty. Of course, we wish we could read them all in the next few days, and so my wife remarks that instead of having five stomachs like a cow, we need multiple brains. Yes, that would be grand.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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