Adam

🏷  Adam Bible name Genesis Semitic pun · name   —   by Gerry · Jul 2020 · 1153 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.

Adam’s puns in a nutshell

Adam’s “likeness” 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’s storytelling puns are apparently all words of the pattern D-M / Ṭ-M / T-M, like Adam. There’s probably a multitude of ways you can cobble together a story from this, but the rulers probably picked the Biblical version for widespread publishing because it depicts common people as guilty.

Adam also puns with “blood”, “silence”, “wealth”, but that hasn’t been included in his Biblical story.

However, “earth” & “blood” puns are used throughout the Bible, often to encrypt the word “disguise”. Take a look at the verses below and try to count how many Adam-like words the authors managed to cram into a single sentence.

Adam as pun with “likeness” & “disguise”

The main spook pun of Adam is with “likeness” & “disguise”. It’s even used in the face-value story, where Adam is created in God’s “likeness”. In many other stories, “earth” & “blood” are used as puns with “disguise”, e.g. the law “he who spills blood” puns with “he who spills a disguise”.

[אדם] ˀdm : a man; man, mankind; ‘Adam’, name of the first man — Hebrew (Klein)

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

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

דמא dmˀ dema : to resemble — Hebrew (Jastrow)

דמי dmy demei : 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 demei : 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

Adam as a story of innocence, rules, tasting knowledge & punishment

The creation of man could have had a much more positive theme to it. Instead, it’s a strange parable of rules, guilt & punishment. For tasting fruit and acquiring knowledge of all things. Why this particular & peculiar story?

As usual, the answer is that all these story elements are puns with the name Adam. In fact, it’s hard to find a Hebrew word that puns with Adam and is not part of his story. Of all possible stories you can create from this pool of puns, a relatively guilt-ridden was apparently chosen for publishing in the Bible, because our rulers like us to feel guilty. The story has not the worst of all outcomes though, because the pun with “blood” was not used…

Hebrew, Aramaic dmˀ, ˀmd, mdh, tm, ṭˁm, ṭmˀ = elements of Adam’s story

תם tm : completeness, perfection; integrity; innocence, artlessness — Hebrew (Klein)

מדה mdh : rule, principle — Hebrew (Klein)

טעם ṭˁm : to give to taste; to taste; tasted, touched — Hebrew (Jastrow)

טעם ṭˁm : taste, flavor; judgment, discretion, discernment; decree, command — Hebrew (Klein)

מדע mdˁ : knowledge, understanding, thought — Hebrew (Klein)

טמא ṭmˀ : unclean, defiled; impure, forbidden for eating — Hebrew (Klein)

דמא dmˀ : to imagine, suspect, consider; suspected — Hebrew (Jastrow)

מדה mdh : dealing; reward; punishment; dispensation; retaliation, adequate punishment — Hebrew (Jastrow)

אמד ˀmd : to flee — Aramaic (CAL)

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