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Sunday, May 13 2018
"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose"
"Mother" originated from a medieval Anglo-Saxon (a tribe of the Germans, some of whom became some of the English) word that meant to bring forth. Most English-language translations of the Holy Scriptures use "mother" to translate the Hebrew root word, pronounced aim, which means the bond, as in the central being from which offspring are created and congregate.
Although it's not obvious in English translation, the Messiah used that original Hebrew meaning of children gathered around a mother when He said "23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37 KJV).
Although first called "Woman" (just as the male was called "Man" - see the Fact Finder question below), "Eve" was the first human mother.
It was after the humans became sinners that the "Woman" was named "Eve" i.e. "Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." At least she had a name of her own; "Adam," from the Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm, simply means human, as a species, male and female i.e. "1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27 KJV).
"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, and he shall rule over thee.
Although ironic, it is nevertheless obvious and necessary, by definition, that the first mother had no mother of her own ("2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man" Genesis 2:22 KJV). God is the ultimate Creator of His children, whether physical or spiritual. The creation of a human child is accomplished by God and a woman i.e. "Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb."
"44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself" (Isaiah 44:24 KJV)
The classic question of where the sons of Adam and Eve got their wives has two possible answers. The first, and most obvious and certain answer, is that Adam and Eve had daughters who married their brothers. While such marriages would certainly be very wrong today, the rules were quite different in the early days of humanity. It wasn't a matter of them making a "wrong" choice, since it was their only choice in order to be able to obey God's command for humanity to "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28).
In those early times, the genetic disorders that could later possibly occur in children from such marriages, from recessive genes, would not have been as likely, since recessive genes would have had little time to develop - humans were created physically perfect. The children could actually have been much healthier than humans are today, as evidenced by the far greater life spans of the earliest humans (e.g. Genesis 5:1-32).
Although Cain and his sister were very closely related, Adam and Eve could be considered even closer. While Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all subsequent humans, Eve herself was actually created from a part of Adam, in a process that scientists today might call a sort of "cloning" (Adam and Eve were likely quite similar in appearance), so, in a way, genetically, Adam married himself.
The other answer is that the LORD created the other females separately - which leaves the conundrum that the line of Adam and Eve's daughters would have become extinct because they never married - a very unlikely situation. Nevertheless, however remote, the Holy Scriptures to do provide for that very unlikely possibility. Read the verses carefully to see it.
"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam.
Fact Finder: How is it that "Eve" was as much "Adam" as "Adam" was?
This Day In History, May 13
609: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the pagan Pantheon (which means "all gods"; see How Did Rome Change True Time?) in Rome as a church in honour of the "Blessed Virgin and all martyrs" (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the Battle of Langside in Glasgow.
1607: Captain John Smith and 103 crew in 3 ships landed in what is today Virginia. The patriotic Englishmen named the location "Jamestown" after King James (the same James from which the King James Version of Bible was named) and established what was the first permanent English settlement in the New World wilderness.
1619: Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.
1648: Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1779: The War of the Bavarian Succession ended.
1787: Captain Arthur Phillip sailed from Portsmouth, England with eleven ships of convicts (designated as the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.
1846: The U.S. declared war on Mexico, beginning the "Mexican-American War" (a geographically erroneous term; Mexicans, as well as everyone else in the countries located on the continents of North and South America, are as much "Americans" as people in the United States of America - imagine if, for example, the people of Germany proclaimed themselves to be the Europeans).
1861: Pakistan (which was then a part of British India) opened its first railway line, from Karachi to Kotri.
1861: The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1888: Slavery was abolished in Brazil.
1912: The Royal Flying Corps was established in England, the predecessor of the Royal Air Force.
1913: The first 4-engine aircraft was flown in Russia; it was built by Igor Sikorsky (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1917: Near Fatima, Portugal, three shepherd children claimed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had appeared to them. Since 1930, the alleged incident has come to be known as Our Lady of Fatima (if the children actually did see something, it was a demon, not Mary - who is dead, in her grave, awaiting her resurrection on the day of Christ's return - see What Happens When You Die? and What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
1940: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her daughter Juliana fled the Nazis and sought sanctuary in Britain. Later, in June 1941, Princess Juliana took her children to Canada to escape the bombing, and gave birth to a daughter in Ottawa (the Government of Canada extended diplomatic Embassy status to the hospital room for the moment of the birth, so that the Princess was born in Netherlands territory).
1940: In his first speech as Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He went on to become one of the greatest leaders that Britain has known.
1958: French troops took control of Algiers.
1965: Israel and West Germany established diplomatic relations.
1981: Pope John Paul II was shot 4 times (2 bystanders were also wounded) by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square.
1993: Ezer Weizmann was sworn in as Israel's seventh President. His uncle, Chaim Weizmann, was the first President at the time of modern-day Israel's founding in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1996: Over 400 people were killed and 30,000 injured from a tornado in Bangladesh.
1998: India detonated two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The U.S., despite having done the very same sort of tests hundreds of times, imposed economic sanctions on India (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).