Adam

🏷  Bible name Genesis Semitic pun · name   —   by Gerry · Jul 2020 · 551 words

The name Adam of the first man means “man”. It also means “earth”, “blood”, “red”. The word root also has the meaning “likeness” & “disguise”. This is used in a half-admitted pun, where Adam is created “in God’s likeness”. But that word also occurs in the forms “make like”, “seem like”, “appear in the disguise of”. We can see why the spooks like that name, and why they made it central to the Bible.

This pun is not very hidden. In fact, “man” or Adam is introduced as having been created in God’s likeness. This pun is repeated many times. Adam also puns with “earth” & “blood”, and these puns are also used throughout the Bible.

Take a look at the verses below and try to count how many Adams the authors managed to cram into a single sentence.

Hebrew, Aramaic dm = like, likeness, make like, in disguise of

דמה dmh : to be like, to resemble; liken, make myself like, plan, devise — Old Hebrew (Strong)

דמא dmˀ : to resemble — Hebrew (Jastrow)

דמי dmy : to imagine, suspect, consider; suspected, considered; resembling, like; to compare; to imagine, speculate; to be like, to take an example; to appear in the disguise of — Hebrew (Jastrow)

דמי dmy : to imagine, compare; to resemble, be like, to imitate; to be compared, to be imagined; to appear in the disguise of; to seem; suspected; to compare, judge from analogy; to have an opinion; it seems to me; it seems to us — Hebrew (Jastrow)

דמי dmy : to be like; to be like; to compare x to y; likened to; to make something like; to emulate; to do the same; to draw a conclusion, imagine, envision; to be similar; to be assimilated to; to imitate, be in the guise of; to imagine oneself to be something; to be made like — Aramaic (CAL)

מדמין mdmyn : imitator — Aramaic (CAL)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

wyˀmr ˀlhym nˁšh ˀdm bṣlmnw kdmwtnw wyrdw bdgt hym wbˁwp hšmym wbbhmh wbkl hˀrṣ wbkl hrmš hrmš ˁl hˀrṣ

ויאמר אלהים נעשה אדם בצלמנו כדמותנו וירדו בדגת הים ובעוף השמים ובבהמה ובכל הארץ ובכל הרמש הרמש על הארץ

Genesis 1:26

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

wyyṣr yhwh ˀlhym ˀt hˀdm ˁpr mn hˀdmh wypḥ bˀpyw nšmt ḥyym wyhy hˀdm lnpš ḥyh

וייצר יהוה אלהים את האדם עפר מן האדמה ויפח באפיו נשמת חיים ויהי האדם לנפש חיה

Genesis 2:7

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

zh spr twldt ˀdm bywm brˀ ˀlhym ˀdm bdmwt ˀlhym ˁšh ˀtw

זה ספר תולדת אדם ביום ברא אלהים אדם בדמות אלהים עשה אתו

Genesis 5:1

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

špk dm hˀdm bˀdm dmw yšpk ky bṣlm ˀlhym ˁšh ˀt hˀdm

שפך דם האדם באדם דמו ישפך כי בצלם אלהים עשה את האדם

Genesis 9:6

🏷  Bible name Genesis Semitic pun · name