Origin of Mankind: Biblical Data

Genesis 1:27

So God created [bara] man in his own image, in the image of God he created [bara] him: male and female he created [bara] them.

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The second description of the creation of man uses the Hebrew word bara, which is most often translated "to create." It nearly always refers to acts done by God and usually refers to the creation of something brand new.


The Hebrew word most often translated “to create,” referring to God's creative acts of something brand new.

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:

bara bara (Strong's H1254)

  1. to create, shape, form

    1. (Qal) to shape, fashion, create (always with God as subject)

      1. of heaven and earth

      2. of individual man

      3. of new conditions and circumstances

      4. of transformations

    2. (Niphal) to be created

      1. of heaven and earth

      2. of birth

      3. of something new

      4. of miracles

    3. (Piel)

      1. to cut down

      2. to cut out

  2. to be fat

    1. (Hiphil) to make yourselves fat

Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 278

Last Modified June 21, 2006


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