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אדםא

"Adam"

masculine proper name

  1. Refers to the first man[1]


Etymology

The word "Adam" comes from the Semitic root אָדָם‎ (a-d-m), which means "red", "fair", "handsome". The noun "adam" is also the masculine form of the word adamah אדמה which means "ground" or "earth". It is related to the words: adom אָדוֹם (red), and dam דָם ('blood).[2]

First Use

The earliest known use of Adam as a proper name comes from the Assyrian King's List, where he is listed as the King of Azuhinum, "one of the seventeen kings who lived in tents"[3]. He is thought to have lived c. 2400 B.C. — c. 2375 B.C. </ol>

In Other Languages

    • Hebrew: אָדָם‎‎
    • Greek: Αδάμ
    • Syriac: ܐܕܡ
    • Arabic: آدم‎‎

References

  1. See: Genesis 5:2
  2. Brown Driver Briggs, Hebrew and English Lexicon, ISBN 1-56563-206-0, page 9
  3. Jean-Jacques Glassner (2004), Mesopotamian Chronicles, Society of Biblical Literature, ISBN 1589830903, page 137