Was Adam alive before God breathed into him the breath of life?

Had the body of Adam physical life, before the Lord God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”? (See Genesis 2:7).

I should consider such an idea most speculative. How do we know what interval, if any, occurred between the formation of Adam’s body and the inbreathing of the breath of life? There is no necessary thought of Adam’s body lying without breath, but even so, that would here prove nothing, for the body of a person who has just died has still the blood in it, but there is no life in the blood. James by the Spirit distinctly affirms that “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 3:26), therefore Adam’s body could not be alive before receiving the spirit. It is striking, but not surprising, how the Bible confirms true science, which are both products of the same divine Mind; but science is a very different thing from “scientists” self-styled, and their theories. Scientists used to make merry at the idea of a body made of the dust of earth. Now it has been discovered that the fourteen elementary substances said to be found in the dust of the earth, do occur also in the human body in greater or lesser quantities. The word for “breath” in Gen. 2. 7 is UeShãnij, a word only used of God: 2 Samuel 22:16 (blast); Job 4:9; Job 32:8; Job 33:4; Isaiah 30:33, etc.; or of man: 1 Kings 15:29; Job 26:4; Isaiah 2:22; Isaiah 57:16, and in contrast with animals—see Joshua 11:11, 14, where “everything that breathed was slain”, but the cattle were left alive.

W.H.