Forming the Human

Genesis 2:4–8

Works of art by Vik Muniz, Unknown Byzantine artist, and Harmonia Rosales
Commentaries by Amanda Mbuvi

Genesis 2:4–8

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground— 7then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 8And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.