Origin of Mankind: Biblical Data

Genesis 2:7

Then the LORD God formed [yatsar] man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

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The third description of the creation of man uses the Hebrew word yatsar, which is most often translated "to form" or "to fashion." Like the word asah, it usually refers to the formation of something from pre-existing materials.


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

Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:

yatsar yatsar (Strong's H3335)

  1. to form, fashion, frame

    1. (Qal) to form, fashion

      1. of human activity

      2. of divine activity

        1. of creation

          1. of original creation

          2. of individuals at conception

          3. of Israel as a people

        2. to frame, pre-ordain, plan (figuratively of divine) purpose of a situation)

    2. (Niphal) to be formed, be created

    3. (Pual) to be predetermined, be pre-ordained

    4. (Hophal) to be formed

    5. (Niphal) to be created

Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: probably identical with H3334 (through the squeezing into shape), ([compare H3331])
Same Word by TWOT Number: 898

Last Modified June 21, 2006


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