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The Old Testament > Genesis > Chapter 2
 Verse 7
- Is verse 7 purely symbolic? Was Adam also a literal son of God, but not born in the flesh (or in other words mortality)? (See the genealogy of Christ in Luke 3:38, Paul's discussion of the two Adams (or two gods) in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 especially verses 45-50.)
- This verse is related to a lot of our religions language. For example, inspire means "to breath into," and spirit means, literally, "breath." What is the point of this language? In other words, what does it teach us? (As you think about this question, consider John 3:8.)
 Verse 8
- What typological significance might the Garden of Eden have?
 Verse 9
- The tree of life is an important symbol in the Book of Mormon. Why do Book of Mormon writers dwell on the tree of life and not on both the tree of life and the tree of knowledge?
- What does the word "knowledge" mean if we are talking about knowing good and evil?
 Other questions
- Could the Father be "responsible" for mortality? Immortality? Or did his two literal or figurative sons have to bear the weight of this responsibility?
- According to this story, where did Adam live before he was placed in the garden? Why don't we know more about humans before they enter the garden?
- Why did it take one god (Michael/Adam) to create the conditions of mortality and another God (Christ) to create immortality? Was there no other way to accomplish this?
- How does a correct understanding of the Fall change our views of the Atonement? Which event was more essential, or could one exist with out the other?
 Lexical notes
- Garden Translated from the Hebrew Gan--a garden enclosed by walls, such as in a courtyard or temple, separated off from the rest of the world.
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