Origin of Mankind: Biblical Data

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, "Let us make [asah] man in our image, in our likeness…"

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The origin of mankind is described several times in the book of Genesis. Several different Hebrew verbs are used to describe the creation of man. The first description uses the Hebrew verb asah, which is most often translated "to make" or "to produce." The word tend to imply the creation of something from pre-existing materials.


The Hebrew word most often translated “to make,” referring to the act of making something from pre-existing material.

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:

asah asah (Strong's H6213)

  1. to do, fashion, accomplish, make

    1. (Qal)

      1. to do, work, make, produce

        1. to do

        2. to work

        3. to deal (with)

        4. to act, act with effect, effect

      2. to make

        1. to make

        2. to produce

        3. to prepare

        4. to make (an offering)

        5. to attend to, put in order

        6. to observe, celebrate

        7. to acquire (property)

        8. to appoint, ordain, institute

        9. to bring about

        10. to use

        11. to spend, pass

    2. (Niphal)

      1. to be done

      2. to be made

      3. to be produced

      4. to be offered

      5. to be observed

      6. to be used

    3. (Pual) to be made

  2. (Piel) to press, squeeze

Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 1708, 1709



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