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"Hear O' Israel, HaShem is our G-d, HaShem alone"

Genesis 3:13-15

The missionaries will say that Genesis 3:13-15 "proves" that the redeemer will be the seed of a woman.

The Reply is that of course, the Messiah will be the seed of a woman, but so is every human since Adam and Eve the seed of a woman. Let's take a closer look at the verses in question.

Genisis 3:13-15 says "And the L-rd G-d said to the women, "What is this you have done!" And the woman replied, "The serpant duped me, and I ate." Then the L-rd said to the serpant, "Because you did this, more cursed shall you be than all cattle and all the wild beasts: on your belly shall you crawl and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put emnity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they shall strike at your head, and you shall strike at their heel." (JPS)

I see nothing in these passages that refer to a redeemer. I see that Eve's decendents (seed, if you will), will have a dislike for snakes and hit them in the head. Notice, it says offspring and they, indicating multiple people. Thus, this is not refering to one person exclusively. It is not, in the Jewish view, even a Messianic prophecy.

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