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I think it's just an opening that sums the whole story, like in newspaper - giving the title and then going through the detail. and the vav is appearing all over the Tora like "Vayomer Hashem El Moshe" and in meny other places. I like the Rashi on that pasuk he says that because Elohim created the Aretz he can give it to any one he wants therefore to the ...


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I have a secondary source reference for you from Mircea Eliade's 'Cosmos and History', Bollingen, 1959, p 17: According to the Syrian Book of the Cave of Treasures, Adam was created at the center of the earth, at the same spot where the Cross of Christ was later to be set up. The same traditions have been preserved by Judaism. The Jewish apocalypse ...


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Targum Pseudo Jonathan to Genesis 2:15 - ודבר השם אלקים ית אדם מן טור פולחנא אתר דאתבריא מתמן ואשריה בגינוניתא דעדן...‏ And God took Adam from the mountain of worship, the place from which he was created, and put him in the Garden of Eden Pirush Yonatan says this refers to mount Moriah, the Temple Mount Targum on Chronicles II 3:1 describing ...


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The Gemara in Sanhedrin 38(a-b) says: אמר רב אושעיא משמיה דרב: אדם הראשון גופו מבבל, וראשו מארץ ישראל, ואבריו משאר ארצות, עגבותיו א"ר אחא מאקרא דאגמא Adam's body was created from earth of Babel (which is why it is so low - the depression was created by molding his body), his head from the land of Israel, his limbs from all other countries, etc. ...


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There is definitely a tradition of Jewish commentary from that era, though Jewish practice was intent on keeping such traditions oral until about the 3rd Century of the Common Era (CE). Genesis Rabbah (reference by Yishai) may or may not fit the bill for your purposes, although it does contain traditions that likely originate centuries before it was ...


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I think what you are looking for is Genesis Rabbah, which seems to be around the same time (perhaps a century earlier - I'm uncertain as I'm not familiar with the Hexameron, and only know what a quick look at Wikipedia told me). There are various English translations available online and in book stores.



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