Word: Nakedness

The Qur’an and the Genesis section of the Bible use this word
repeatedly. The Oxford English Dictionary gives varying definitions
for the word nakedness, but the two definitions focused on in the
passages are, the obvious one, “the state or condition of being
unclothed;” but it is the other definition that is inferred from the
word nakedness, “Openness to attack or injury; vulnerability,
defencelessness,” that strikes a note of importance. This second
definition leads to deeper thought about the “nakedness” of Adam and
Eve in their interactions with the serpent, Satan. The innate quality
of human fallacy makes the two easily convinced, even when coerced with
evil; however, this same vulnerability makes it easier for God to
forgive Adam and Eve, when the two repent their sins.

post by Nicole Pluchinsky

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