In the garden of Eden, the man alone receives the direct infusion of the divine breath, a ritual act that not only renders him capable of speech but signifies also his commissioning as one who will speak with and for YHWH to the subsequently formed creatures. The man’s failure to speak up during the woman’s conversation with the serpent represents his failure to guard the garden and explains why YHWH finds him guilty of the crime of “listening to the voice of your woman.”

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