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If you didn’t get the correct answer to our “Bible Study Quiz,” don’t feel bad. It’s actually a trick question. There is a play on words of sorts taking place in the Bible.
Before we explain, we want to point out that the creation story does not actually say that God named the man Adam. In Gen 2, it just starts using that word. So here’s the solution to our “Bible Study Quiz.”
We find the naming of Adam in Gen 5:2. Furthermore, we learn that the name applies to both Adam and Eve — and why not? Eve was made from the rib of Adam. The Bible verse in question tells us the following:
“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them ‘Humankind’ when they were created.”— Gen 5:2, NRSV
The Nitty Gritty
What makes this “Bible Study Quiz” a trick question for us today is the Hebrew word from which we get our Bible words “mankind” or “humankind.” The Hebrew word, as you might have already guessed, is “Adam.”
But the Hebrew word “Adam” does not mean man or mankind or humankind like we just explained above. It actually means “red” or “ruddy” or even “blood.” Thus, the best meaning we can get for the Adam in the Bible creation story is “red man” or “red people.”
By the way, as you read further into the Old Testament, you’re going to come upon a place called Edom. You’re also going to find names like Edom or Odem. And you’re going to encounter a people group called the Edomites. All these names have a similar etymology (root) to our Bible name Adam. They all mean mean “red” or “ruddy” or “blood.“
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