Hi Alison and Mike
It was very amusing to watch: The Ragening 19: Heel Thyself
But I still want to point out the etymology again just for fun *S*:
Adam does not mean “the (were)man”. Eve is not “the woman”. But
is it rather up your alley: Adam simply means *the red handsome earth being* or “human” or “humankind”. So it is really the American natives. *S* And, which must be the worst, it stands in relation to the concept of FREE WILL! The shocker. See below.
And so it is with al kinds of things in the bible. As you can see it is very much like learning a language – that is if you are willing of-course. Sure, you could have looked it up yourself. But you didn’t.
Just to make your migraine a bit “tastier”: it was not “God” who created the heaven and earth in the first book of Moses. That’s too easy, and the sketch is wrong! It was really the “gods”, namely Elohim, which is in the plural.
Yahweh is the *god *of Israel. He did not talk to Adam and Eve, but the Elohims did.
It’s complicated, I know.
And now I want to see Mike tear his hair out in sheer rage of pure delicious ecstasy, please!
Oh my *god*ness.
Genesis 1 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Creation
1 In the beginning *Elohim* created heaven and earth.
2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water.
The *Ruach Elohim* was hovering over the water.
3 Then *Elohim* said, “Let there be light!” So there was light.
4 *Elohim* saw the light was good. So *Elohim* separated the light from the darkness.
5 *Elohim* named the light *day*, and the darkness he named *night*. There was evening, then morning—the first day.
– And that my children was the lesson for to-day…
This was fun! You too… good.
– And no more cherry-picking for you!
And don’t be that “good feminist”.
I loved your “Ragening”!
And let “The Lightning” strike again! Very good.
Kind regards, the Swede
Adam <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_%28name%29> (Hebrew
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_language>: אָדָם), as a proper name,
pre-dates its generic use in Semitic languages
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages>. Its earliest known use
as a genuine name in historicity <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historicity>
is *Adamu*, as recorded in the Assyrian King List
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-2> Its use as a common word
in the Hebrew language is *׳āḏām*, meaning “human”. Coupled with the
definite article, it becomes “the human”.
Its root is not attributed to the Semitic root
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_root> for “man” *-(n)-sh*. Rather,
*׳āḏām* is linked to its triliteral root
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triliteral_root> אָדָם (*a-d-m*), meaning
“red”, “fair”, “handsome”.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-Gesenius.2C_1893-4> As a
masculine noun, *’adam* <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-5>
means “man”, “mankind” usually in a collective context as in *humankind*.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-Eerdmans.2C_2000-6> The noun
*’adam* is also the masculine form of the word *adamah
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamah>* which means “ground” or “earth”. It
is related to the words: *adom* (red), *admoni* (ruddy), and *dam* (blood).[
7] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-7> In the Book of Genesis
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Genesis>, *׳āḏām* can also be
rendered “mankind” in the most generic sense, which is similar to its usage
in Canaanite languages <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaanite_languages>.[
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam#cite_note-9> The use of “mankind” in
Genesis, gives the reflection that Adam was the ancestor of all men.
Kabbalistic <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalistic> works indicate that
Adam also comes from the Hebrew word ‘Adame’, ‘I should be similar’,
similar to God in having *free will*.
*Eve* in Hebrew is *Ḥawwāh*, meaning “living one” or “source of life”, and
is related to *ḥāyâ*, “to live”. The name derives from the Semitic
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages> root *ḥyw*.
Hawwah has been compared to the Hurrian
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebat>, who was shown in the Amarna Letters
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarna_Letters> to be worshipped in Jerusalem
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem> during the Late Bronze Age
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Age>. It has been suggested that the
name Kheba may derive from Kubau <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubaba>, a
woman who was the first ruler of the Third Dynasty of Kish
The Goddess Asherah <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asherah>, wife of El
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_%28deity%29>, mother of the elohim
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elohim> from the first millennium BCE
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_millennium_BCE> was given the title
*Chawat*, from which the name *Hawwah* in Aramaic
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic> was derived, Eve in English.
It has been suggested that the Hebrew name Eve (חַוָּה) also bears
resemblance <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve#cite_note-6> to an
Aramaic word for “snake” (O.Arb.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Aramaic_language>: חוה; J.Arm.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Palestinian_Aramaic>: חִוְיָא), see
*Elohim* (Hebrew <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew>: אֱלֹהִים) is
plural <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_number> noun
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun> for “gods
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gods>” or “Deity
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deity>” in Biblical Hebrew
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Hebrew>. In the modern
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Hebrew_language> it is often times
referred to in the singular despite the *-im* ending that denotes plural
masculine nouns in Hebrew.
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