Monday, July 25, 2011

Why didn't G – d create Adam HaRishon on day one?


The Gemara (rabbinic discussions) in Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 38 is raising the question why G – d didn’t create Adam (HaRishon) on the first day of creation but only on the sixth day ?

The answer given is that G – d wanted to avoid future generations falsely claiming that He (G – d) and Adam were partners in creation. G – d wanted to make it very clear that it was Him alone creating the entire universe and neither did he have partners nor helpers.


  1. B'H

    The Gemarah gives a second answer: it was to humble the man. He would have felt arrogant if he was created the first day. We see that humanity can be refered by two names in the Tanakh: Adam and Enosh. Adam represents the man in his fullest potential, while Enosh represents man in his lowest potential. Enosh has the Gematria 357, Nachash (snake) has the Gematria 358. The snake is considered the lowest animal of all (as he crawls on the ground). The fact that Enosh is one short of Nachash teaches us that when man runs after his vile instincts, he is lower than an animal. Thus, the humble the man so that he should never gorget that, G-d created him long after the animals and other creation.

  2. Could it be that a certain process (evolution) had to be followed in order to create a spiritual being?

  3. B"H

    I have to think about the answer and will write about it, hopefully, tomorrow.

  4. G d had created Adam last for he had created the world to put him in.