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    1. I just noticed this verse in Genesis where God made "mankind" before he created Adam. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭
      1. “So God created Man in His own image" is what is known as a DIVINE ACTION, i.e., an action that God does. "in the image of God He created them" is known as a CHARACTERIZATION, i.e., where the author of Genesis describes the divine action in further detail. Then "male and female He created them” can be further separated into a characterization and a divine action to further emphasize the narrative. Doing this action is called an ELABORATION wherethe speaker is adding to the information already given to fill it out. This narrative is repeated again with divine action, characterization, and elaboration throughout in Genesis 5:1-2 where God named them Man and subsequently blessed (empowered) them to do their assignment. This is not a contradiction in that the practical title for a human male and a human female is MAN. "Mankind" and "humankind" are made up words to satisfy modern societal pressures. Either we are MAN or we are critters. So, no. God did not make man before the creation of Adam. There's a sub-group within the dispensationalist community that will vehemently disagree with me. I'd have to respectfully disagree with their eisegesis... :-) Many of my comments were derived from Keaton, Mark. The Lexham Propositional Outlines Glossary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014. God bless {charley}
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    2. What have you learned from this series on Paul's missionary journeys? What was your favorite discovery? Key takeaway?
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              1. I want to say "Amen!" to Kelley Matthews who suggested in the May/June 2018 issue that we should read whole books rather than just a few verses out of context. I used to read only the gospels because other people told me that Paul is really down on women ("be silent in the church" or "obey your husband"), but then I started reading the letters and found that many women were working with Paul. For just one example, at the end of Romans, Chapter 16: "I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae..." Also, in Ephesians, Chapter 5, husbands are told "love your wives, just as Christ lived the church." There's no permission to oppress women in Paul.
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