Genesis 2:7 – Play upon words Man-Adam-dyed red

The Hebrew word ‘adam’ is used with different meanings.
(translation according to the O.L.B.)

The Hebrew word ‘adam’.

The Hebrew word ‘adam’ is a verb, which can be translate, among other things, as red – reddish – dyed red – having become red.

Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.   (Exodus 26:14)

The O.L.B. indicates that the following words are derived from ‘adam’ as a verb:

  • ‘adam’ as a noun: which can be translated as man, humanity, Adam.
  • ‘adam’ as a personal name: which can be translated as Adam = ‘red’, the first man.

Strong’s gives the following numerical codes to ‘adam’:

  • As a verb  -  0119.
  • as a noun  -  0120.
  • as a personal name  -  0121.

Translation in the NIV.

As a verb (0119), ‘adam’ is translated as:   (all the verses)

  • dyed red  -  Exodus 25:5 / 26:14 / 35:7 / 35:23 / 36:19 / 39:34.
  • red  -  Proverbs 23:31,
  • are red  -  Isaiah 1:18.
  • more ruddy (physically)  -  Lamentations 4:7.
  • are red (colour)  -  Nahum 2:3.

As a noun (0120), ‘adam’ is translated as:   (526 texts)

  • man, people.
  • in combinations, among others: the children of men (0120 people and 01121 sons).
  • Adam (as a personal name) – only in Genesis 4:25

As a personal name (0121) ‘adam’ is translated as:   (all the texts)

  • Adam – Genesis 3:17 / 5:1 / 5:3 / 5:4 / 5:5 / Joshua 3:16 / 1 Chronicles 1:1.
  • the man – Genesis 2:21.

Derived from ‘adam’ as a verb.

The following words are derived from ‘adam’ as a verb:

  • ‘adamah’, a noun   (cijfercode 0127)
    To be translated as: ground – land – a certain piece of land – surface of the earth – the whole populated earth.
    (derived therefore from: red – dyed red).

Back to Genesis 2:7.

Then the LORD God formed a man (‘adam’ – 0120) from the dust of the ground (adamah – 0127) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man (‘adam’ – 0120) became a living being.

 

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