Adam’s Hat Collection

In the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis, Adam is presented as wearing several hats. He stands in a number of positions or roles, and that’s important to keep in mind as other parts of Scripture expound upon Adam and draw theology from his life. The confusion or conflation of those roles can lead to a number of aberrant teachings.

Firstly, Adam is quite simply wearing the pith helmet of the archetypical human male. He is a man, and that serves as the backdrop and basis for his other roles. Yet his status as a man remains a reality distinct in itself, since a man may be a man without being any or all of the other things that Adam is.

Secondly, Adam is sporting the fedora of the prototype husband. His status as the male suits him to the role of husband in the institution of marriage complemented by Eve as the human female in the role of wife with that tasteful and conservative pillbox she wears. Through procreation and pedagogy, they are to grow a civilization.

Thirdly, Adam is also bedecked with the resplendent mitre of the first priest. His status as the male suits him to this role in a way deeply analogous to that of husband. Eve has her prototypical place in contrast to Adam as priest, but that elongated flowing apparel she wears on her head doesn’t have a particularly clear and pithy title.

Fourthly, Adam and Eve have matching crowns as king and queen over the rest of the creation as the Creator’s vicegerents. Humankind as male and female have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the face of the earth, which Yahweh God made.

Fifthly, Adam keeps a solemn face as he bears the rarest and weightiest headgear of all, the tasseled mortarboard called federal or covenantal representation. That covering is so rare that only one other man has ever worn it, and that man is Jesus Christ. And it’s the very reason he is called the Second and Last Adam.

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