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Saturday, February 10 2018

Adam's First Names

"The LORD God ... brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof"

The Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm-ah meant earth (see also What Does Earth Mean?). It referred to the planet overall, but specifically the living organic matter of the soil. Aw-dawm-ah is variously translated as "Earth," "ground" or "land."

From an abbreviation of aw-dawm-ah came the Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm. It referred to man, as a species, not specifically male or female, because all were created from the soil. "Adam" as it was first used at the time of Creation:

"1:27 So God created man [i.e. the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, meaning man as a species] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27 KJV)

Although the first male human came to be called by the name "Adam" much later, during his lifetime he never had a personal name of his own recorded in the Scriptures. Perhaps he never did at all. He is identified simply as aw-dawm, meaning man (i.e. human), or the man (i.e. the human), while at the same time the term was used for both of them, male and female, before the woman was given a name of her own.

Esther All of that makes it very ironic that, while he never had a name of his own recorded in the Holy Scriptures, "Adam" was the one who gave names to so many others - beginning with animals.

"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:15-20 KJV)

"Woman" was the first name given to the first female. It was also Adam that said both sentences as one, thereby declaring the basis of genuine, natural marriage: "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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

"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.

2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:21-25 KJV)

Although it is commonly-stated as that "Eve" was deceived by the Devil, it was "Woman" who Satan enticed first i.e. "And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" There was no "Eve" at that point.

"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5 KJV)

Then, as the LORD was putting the first humans out of the Garden in Eden, "Adam" gave "Woman" another name - "Eve."

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

Fact Finder: The first man and the first woman became sinners together, equally guilty, equally judged. But how was the way that they sinned different?
See How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?

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This Day In History, February 10

48 BC: Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus died. He was a leader of the Optimates (an ultra-conservative senatorial aristocracy) in the last years of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) which was followed by Imperial Rome under the "Caesars" - the first of which, Caesar Augustus, is recorded in the Bible (see The Roman Emperors: Augustus).

After the powerful generals Julius Caesar (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar), Gnaeus Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus formed an unofficial ruling triumvirate (the English-language words tribe, tribune, trinity and triumvirate originated from the same Latin word; see The Messiah's Tribe) in 60 BC, Ahenobarbus resisted them.

Roman Lyre

1162: Baldwin III died at age 31. He was the king of the "crusader state" of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1162 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).

1258: Huegu, a Mongol leader, seized Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate.

1364: A treaty was signed which guaranteed that Tyrol would be kept in the families of the Luxemburgs and Hapsburgs.

1567: Lord Darnley, the husband of Roman Catholic Queen Mary Stuart, ("Mary, Queen of Scots") was murdered by her lover (and next husband) James Hepburn.

1720: Edmund Halley, the discover of the famous comet that was named after him, was appointed the second Astronomer Royal of England.

Comet Halley

1763: Britain gained control of Canada from France with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty, signed between Britain, France and Spain, ended the Seven Years War, stripped France of all its possessions north of what became the United States, except for the tiny islands of St. Pierre-Miquelon off the east coast of Canada, which remain territories of France to this day. Spain won Louisiana and Havana.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte departed Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, with a force of 13,000 men.

1814: Napoleon personally directed strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1837: Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist, was killed in a duel. Regarded as Russia's greatest poet, his works included Boris Godunov.

1840: Queen Victoria of England and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg (Germany), both age 21, were married. The marriage was arranged by their uncle (Victoria and Albert were cousins) King Leopold of Belgium.

Queen Victoria

1846: British general Sir Hugh Gough decisively routed Tej Singh's Sikhs in the Battle of Sobraon.

1904: Russia and Japan declared war on each other.

1906: Britain's first modern battleship, HMS Dreadnought, was launched.


1918: Abdulhhamid II died at age 76. He was the Ottoman sultan 1876-1909 (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1936: Adolf Hitler's Gestapo ("ge-stat-po" is the German abbreviation of "the-state-police") were authorized to arrest and imprison without trial (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1954: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the U.S. becoming involved in the Vietnam civil war between North and South Vietnam. The armaments industries (that Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex) nevertheless succeeded in keeping the U.S. in a state of perpetual war against and around the world (see also Guns Versus Butter).

1962: In a ceremony on a bridge between West Berlin and East Germany, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, who had been arrested in New York, was exchanged for shot-down U.S. U-2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers and a U.S. "student" who had been held in East Germany on spying charges.

1974: British coal miners began a national strike. The dispute caused energy shortages, a 3 day work week, and the collapse of Edward Heath's Conservative government.

1986: The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opened in Palermo, Italy.

1991: Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union. Parliament had already declared independence in March 1990.

1996: An IBM computer called Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov, the first victory of a machine under classic tournament rules.

2005: North Korea announced that it had nuclear weapons (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South? and Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).

2009: The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided in Earth orbit; both were destroyed.


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