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The name "Adam" originated from the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, which means man, as a species, male and female. The Holy Scriptures use this literal meaning for Adam, meaning simply humans.

"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." (Genesis 5:1-2 KJV)

All of the first humans were known as "man," aw-dawm, until a little later when all, except the first male man, were given their own personal names i.e. Eve (in Hebrew pronounced khaw-vaw, meaning life giver, or mother), Cain (in Hebrew pronounced kaw-yin, meaning strike or lance - perhaps a clue as to the weapon that Cain used to murder his brother) and Abel (in Hebrew pronounced heh-bel, meaning to be vain or empty - a somewhat surprising meaning, although we do know from their choice of work that Cain was the more practical of the two brothers i.e. Cain was a "tiller of the ground," while Abel was a shepherd, at the time when all humans were still vegetarians; humans did not become meat eaters until after the flood - Genesis 9:3). Although the first male man has since become known by the name "Adam," The Lord never used it in that way for him.

"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth"

Some express shock when they realize who Cain's Wife was, but "Adam" and Eve were even closer. Genetically, Cain married his sister, while Adam married himself. Adam did not give birth to Eve; she was "cloned" directly from Adam's self. That's why "Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" (it's also logical to assume that neither "Adam" or Eve had a navel).

A Shepherd

"2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Genesis 2:21-23 KJV)

Only "Adam" and Eve were driven out of Eden. Humans became sinners while they were childless, although they were by then aware that children would be born: "Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."

"3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:20-24 KJV)

The Lord also declared that having children would be much more difficult than it would have been if they had not chosen to rebel against Him.

"3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband [see also Husbandman], and he shall rule over thee." (Genesis 3:16 KJV)

Some time after they left Eden, the first two children of Adam and Eve were born. Cain carried on his father's work of tilling the soil, while Abel became the first shepherd.

"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." "(Genesis 4:1-2 KJV)

As a result of his lack of faith (see What Did Abel Have That Cain Didn't?), Cain murdered his brother Abel (see My Brother's Shepherd).

"4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him" (Genesis 4:8 KJV).

With one son dead and the other banished, Adam and Eve had another child, another son (after which many more sons and daughters would be born: "5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters" Genesis 5:5 KJV). Eve named their third son Seth, in Hebrew pronounced shayth, which means substitute. Adam was 130 when Seth was born; Eve was very likely only slightly less in age than Adam (something that humans have continued ever since; traditionally, husbands have most-often been slightly older than their wives).

"4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." (Genesis 4:25 KJV)

"5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth" (Genesis 5:3 KJV)

Unlike his murdered brother Abel, Seth survived to advanced adulthood. At the age of 105, Seth became the father of Enos.

"4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 4:26 KJV)

"5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos" (Genesis 5:6 KJV)

Seth lived to age 912 (see also Ancient Longevity), during which time other sons and daughters were born to him and his sister or sisters (Seth could only have found a wife from the same place that Cain did - again, see Cain's Wife).

"5:7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died." (Genesis 5:7-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is Seth listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ?
Luke 3:38

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