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Attention, however, must be called to the fact that the story of the Creation is told twice, viz.
in the first chapter and in the second, and that while there is a substantial agreement between the two accounts there is, nevertheless, a considerable divergence as regards the setting of the narrative and the details.
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78, 79), explains the root adam as signifying "to make", "to produce", connecting it with the Assyrian adamu , the meaning of which is probably "to build", "to construct", whence adam would signify "man" either in the passive sense, as made, produced, created, or in the active sense, as a producer.
In the Old Testament the word is used both as a common and a proper noun, and in the former acceptation it has different meanings.Something analogous to this explanation is revealed in the Assyrian expression çalmât qaqqadi , i.e. A third theory, which seems to be the prevailing one at present (cf."the black-headed", which is often used to denote men in general. Pinches, The Old Testament in the Light of the Historical Records and Legends of Assyria and Babylonia, 1903, pp.It is a generally recognized fact that the etymologies proposed in the narratives which make up the Book of Genesis are often divergent and not always philologically correct, and though the theory (founded on Genesis 2:7 ) that connects adam with adamah has been defended by some scholars, it is at present generally abandoned.Others explain the term as signifying "to be red", a sense which the root bears in various passages of the Old Testament (e.g. In this hypothesis the name would seem to have been originally applied to a distinctively red or ruddy race. 25) remarks that on the ancient monuments of Egypt the human figures representing Egyptians are constantly depicted in red, while those standing for other races are black or of some other colour. 25.) Some writers combine this explanation with the preceding one, and assign to the word adam the twofold signification of "red earth", thus adding to the notion of man's material origin a connotation of the color of the ground from which he was formed.Learn More REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to recovery and rehabilitation following a qualified hospital stay.