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Elohim Creating Adam

Elohim Creating Adam, 1805 — William Blake
43.1 cm53.6 cm

Elohim Creating Adam is a Symbolist, Etching, Watercolor Printmaking created by William Blake in 1805. It lives at the Tate Britain in London. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Christian History, and God. Source

Elohim is a Hebrew name for God. This picture illustrates the Book of Genesis: 

‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground’.

Adam is shown growing out of the earth, a piece of which Elohim holds in his left hand. For Blake the God of the Old Testament was a false god. He believed the Fall of Man took place not in the Garden of Eden, but at the time of creation shown here, when man was dragged from the spiritual realm and made material.  

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