[Milton-L] Adam and Eve alone

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 31 16:18:43 EDT 2010

Jim, this might help:

qara' to call, name, give name to, call by

shem name

'ishshah woman

I'll place these in the relevant verses (using just the dictionary form):

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call (qara') them: and whatsoever Adam called (qara') every living creature, that [was] the name (shem) thereof. 20 And Adam gave (qara') names (shem) to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him . . . . Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called (qara') Woman ('ishshah), because she was taken out of Man. 

By the way, note that "woman" is 'ishshah, not 'ishshach (Nancy's spelling of Ishshach), so any wordplay on nachash would be even more of a stretch.

Jeffery Hodges

From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Wed, March 31, 2010 10:39:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Adam and Eve alone

I've always been curious about "naming" in Gen. 1.  Adam "naming" the animals, following God's "naming" creation into existence, always seemed to me to allow Adam to share in God's creative acts and dominion over creation.  I think that both name and nature are reciprocal when Adam "names" something -- a thing's nature determines its name, but its nature is unknown (or undefined) until it is named.  If Adam similarly "named" his wife Eve, then the dominion given to Adam would extend to his wife.  However, that dominion is not made explicit until after the fall, and English translation say that Adam "called," not "named," his wife Eve.  Does this distinction obtain in Hebrew?  

Jim R

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:23 AM, Nancy Charlton <nbcharlton at comcast.net> wrote:

On 3/30/2010 9:48 PM, Salwa Khoddam wrote: 
>>What is "serpent" in Hebrew? If I remember correctly it sounds very close to Eve's Hebrew name.
>Most of the time it is "nachash,"  which by a stretch might be taken for Ishshach,  or woman ('Ish" being a word for "man") , or "wife."  However, in Genesis 3:20: "And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."   Eve is chet vav chet, transliterated with vowel points "chavvah," which is cognate with "chai" or life  (not the tea).  I'll have to go look at the PL  passages again, but this seems significant.   Is being "known" (gen-) by her husband another part of her awareness and her maturing from narcissism, and does she not "know" (scio) herself until she is initiated into her role as mother of all living?  
>In the desert you can remember your name
>'Cause there ain't nobody to tell you your name . . .
>Or is it a chicken-egg situation where the nature determines the name, or does the name determine the nature?
>Nancy Charlton
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