ADAM (Hebrew : אָדָם; Greek : Αδάμ) is the name used in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis for the first man created by God , but it is also used in a collective sense as "mankind" and individually as "a human". Biblical Adam (man, mankind) is created from adamah (earth), and Genesis 1-8 makes considerable play of the bond between them, for Adam is estranged from the earth through his disobedience.
* 4.1 Jehovah\'s Witnesses * 4.2 Latter-day Saints * 4.3 Seventh-day Adventists
* 5 Adam in Islam
* 5.1 Ahmadiyya
* 6 Other traditions
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 8.1 Citations * 8.2 Bibliography
ORIGIN AND USAGE
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The majority view among scholars is that the Book of Genesis dates from the Persian Empire (the 5th and 4th centuries BCE), but the absence from the rest of the Hebrew Bible of all the other characters and incidents mentioned in chapters 1-11 of Genesis, ( Adam appears only in chapters 1-5, with the exception of a mention at the beginning of the Books of Chronicles where, as in Genesis, he heads the list of Israel's ancestors ) has lead a sizeable minority to the conclusion that Genesis 1-11 was composed much later, possibly in the 3rd century BCE.
The bible uses the word אָדָם ( 'adam ) in all of its senses: collectively ("mankind", 1:27), individually (a "man", 2:7), gender nonspecific ("man and woman", 5:1,2), and male (2:23-34). In Genesis 1:27 "adam" is used in the collective sense, and the interplay between the individual "Adam" and the collective "humankind" is a main literary component to the events that occur in the Garden of Eden , the ambiguous meanings embedded throughout the moral, sexual, and spiritual terms of the narrative reflecting the complexity of the human condition. Genesis 2:7 is the first verse where "Adam" takes on the sense of an individual man (the first man), and the context of sex and gender is absent; the gender distinction of "adam" is then reiterated in Genesis 5:1–2 by defining "male and female".
A recurring literary motif is the bond between Adam and the earth ("adamah"): God curses of Adam and the earth, causing Adam to work for his food (3:17), and Adam dies and returns to the earth from which he was taken (3:19). This "earthly" aspect is a component of Adam's identity, and Adam's curse of estrangement from the earth seems to describe humankind's divided nature of being earthly yet separated from nature.
ADAM IN THE HEBREW BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)
Genesis 1 tells of God's creation of the world and its creatures, with humankind as the last of his creatures: "Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam ..." (Genesis 5:2). God blesses mankind, commands them to "be fruitful and multiply," and gives them "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" (Genesis 1.26-27).
Genesis 2:Genesis 2. Here God forms "Adam", this time meaning a single male human, out of "the dust of the ground" and "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" (Genesis 2:7). God then places this first man in the Garden of Eden , telling him that "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil , thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17). God notes that "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Genesis 2:18) and brings the animals to Adam, who gives them their names, but among all the animals there was not found a companion for him(Genesis 2:20). God Causes a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and forms a woman,(Genesis 2:21-22), and Adam awakes and greets her as his helpmate.
Genesis 3, the story of the Fall: A serpent persuades the woman to disobey God's command and eat of the tree of knowledge, which gives wisdom. woman convinces Adam to do likewise, whereupon they become conscious of their nakedness, cover themselves, and hide from the sight of God. God questions Adam, who blames the woman. God passes judgment, first upon the serpent, condemned to go on his belly, then the woman, condemned to pain in childbirth and subordination to her husband, and finally Adam, who is condemned to labour on the earth for his food and to return to it on his death. God then expels the man and woman from the garden, lest they eat of the Tree of Life and become immortal.
The chiasmus structure of the death oracle given to Adam in 3:19 forms a link between man's creation from "dust" (2:7) to the "return" of his beginnings. A you return B to the ground C since (kî ) from it you were taken C\' for (kî ) dust you are B\' and to dust A\' you will return
Genesis 4 deals with the birth of Adam's sons Cain and Abel and the story of the first murder, followed by the birth of a third son, Seth. Genesis 5, the Book of the Generations of Adam, lists the descendants of Adam from Seth to Noah with their ages at the birth of their first sons (except Adam himself, for whom his age at the birth of Seth, his third son, is given) and their ages at death (Adam's lives 930 years, which would mean that he died only shortly before the Flood). The chapter notes that Adam had other sons and daughters after Seth, but does not name them.
POST-BIBLICAL JEWISH TRADITIONS
Adam possessed a body of light, identical to the light created by God on the first day. According to Jewish mystical tradition the original glory of Adam can be regained through mystical contemplation of God.
The rabbis, puzzled by the verse of Genesis 1 which states that God created man and woman together, told that when God created Adam he also created a woman from the dust, as he had created Adam, and named her Lilith; but the two could not agree, for Adam wanted Lilith to lie under him, and Lilith insisted that Adam should lie under her, and so she fled from him, and Eve was created from Adam's rib. Her story was greatly developed, during the Middle Ages , in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim , the Zohar and Jewish mysticism . Other rabbis explained the same verse as meaning that Adam was created with two faces, male and female, or as a single hermaphrodite being, male and female joined back to back, but God saw that this made walking and conversing difficult, and so split them apart.
The serpent approached Eve rather than Adam because Adam had heard the word of God with his own ears, whereas Eve had only his report; Eve tasted the fruit and knew at once that she was doomed to death, and said to herself that it was better she trick Adam into eating so that he too would die, and not take another woman in her place. Adam ate the fruit unaware of what he was doing, and was filled with grief.
Adam withdrew from Eve for 130 years after their expulsion from Eden, and in this time both he and Eve had sex with demons, until at length they reunited and Eve gave birth to Seth. The 2nd century BCE Book of Jubilees tells how Adam had two daughters, Azûrâ and Awân, born after Seth, Cain, Abel, and nine other sons; Cain married Awân and Seth married Azûrâ, thus accounting for their descendants. The Life of Adam and Eve and its Greek version the Apocalypse of Moses recount how Adam repented his sin in exile and was rewarded by bring transported to the heavenly paradise, foreshadowing the destiny of all the righteous at the end of time. The Archangel Michael attended Adam's death, together with Eve and his son Seth, still living at that time, and he was buried together with his murdered son Abel. Because they repented God gave Adam and Eve garments of light, and similar garments will clothe the Messiah when he comes.
In the book Kav ha-Yashar the author warns not to talk negatively about Adam, he writes that those who talk positively about Adam will be blessed with a long life. A similar warning can be found in The Zohar . The Sefer Raziel HaMalakh (רזיאל המלאך) ( Raziel the Angel) is a collection of esoteric writings, probably compiled and edited by the same hand, but originally not the work of one author, which according to tradition was revealed to Adam by the angel Raziel . The book cannot be shown to predate the 13th century, but may in parts date back to Late Antiquity , and like other obscure ancient texts such as the Bahir and Sefer Yetzirah , it has been extant in a number of versions. Zunz ("G. V." 2d ed., p. 176) distinguishes three main parts: (1) the Book Ha-Malbush; (2) the Great Raziel; (3) the Book of Secrets, or the Book of Noah. These three parts are still distinguishable — 2b-7a, 7b-33b, 34a and b. After these follow two shorter parts entitled "Creation" and "Shi'ur Ḳomah," and after 41a come formulas for amulets and incantations.
ADAM IN CHRISTIANITY
For the Christian doctrines, see fall of man and original sin .
According to the Apocalypse of Moses the altar of the Temple of Solomon was the centre of the world and the gateway to God's Garden of Eden, and it was here that Adam was both created and buried. The early Christian community adapted this to their own legend of Golgotha , replacing the altar with the place of Jesus's crucifixion. According to this Christian legend, current in the time of Origen (early 3rd century CE), the holy blood of Christ trickled down and restored to life the father of the human race, who then led the saints who appeared to many in Jerusalem on that day as described in Scripture.
Christianity, but neither Judaism nor Islam, sees human nature as irrevocably stained by the sin of Adam. This was introduced by the Apostle Paul , drawing on currents in Hellenistic Jewish thought which held that Adam's sin had introduced death and sin. Sin, for Paul, was a power to which all humans are subject, but Christ's coming held out the means by which the righteous would be restored to the Paradise from which Adam's sin had banished mankind. He did not conceive of this original sin of Adam as being biologically transmitted or that later generations were to be punished for the deeds of a remote ancestor. It was Saint Augustine who took this step, locating sin itself in male semen: when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit they were ashamed and covered their genitals, identifying the place from which the first sin was passed on to all succeeding generations. Only Jesus Christ, who was not conceived by human semen, was free of the stain passed down from Adam. (Augustine's idea was based on the ancient world's ideas on biology, according to which male sperm contained the entire unborn baby, the mother's womb being no more than a nurturing chamber in which it grew).
Jehovah\'s Witnesses view Adam and Eve as the ones who brought sin, and thus death, into the world by committing the original sin, by disobeying Jehovah 's clear command not to eat of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. Eve's sin is counted as deliberate disobedience, as she did know that Jehovah had commanded them not to eat, but she is held to have been deceived by the Serpent. (She was deceived only about the effect of their disobedience, not about the will of God on the matter.) Adam's sin is considered even more reproachable, as he had not been deceived. Rather, when confronted with his sin, he attempted to blame both his wife Eve, and Jehovah himself. By his sin, he forfeited human perfection and was therefore unable to pass it on to his offspring.
Main article: Adam and Eve (LDS Church)
The Latter-day Saint movement holds the view that Adam and Michael the archangel are the same individual. Michael the archangel fought against and cast out Lucifer (who became Satan ) and his followers at the conclusion of the War of Heaven during the pre-mortal existence (see Book of Revelation 12:7-9). Michael was born into this mortal existence as the man "Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the Ancient of Days " (see Doctrine and Covenants 27:11 and 107:54). Mormons also believe that Adam was the first prophet on earth.
Latter-day Saints do not believe that the "Fall" was a tragedy, instead, they believe it was a necessary part of God's plan. They believe that Adam and Eve had to partake of the forbidden fruit in order to fulfill God's plan so that humans would be able to have free agency .
Latter-day Saints also believe that Adam was baptized and received the Holy Ghost .
Seventh-day Adventists believe that the importance of the literal creation time-line is pivotal to the story of humanity, their relationship to God, and the plan of salvation and atonement for Adam and Eve's transgression (fall), by which all their descendants are under subjugation. The Bible states, "Since by man (Adam) came death, by man ( Jesus the Christ) came also the resurrection ... (I Cor. 15:21)." To disavow a literal creation and our first parents ( Adam and Eve) nearly 6,000 years ago negates a fundamental, orthodox doctrine and the supremacy of the Holy Bible that the sovereign, triune God – "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth," (Genesis 1:26 NASB)—according to His own purpose and counsel and for His own glory, created humanity in the Biblical/Torah account.
ADAM IN ISLAM
Allah created Adam (Adem; Arabic : آدم) from a handful of earth taken from the entire world, which explains why the peoples of the world are of different colours. He was the first prophet of Islam and the first Muslim , as the Quran says that all the prophets preached the same faith of submission to God . When Allah informed the angels that he would create a viceregent (a khalifa ) on Earth the angels objected, saying he would spread corruption and bloodshed, but Allah allowed Adam to reveal the names of the beasts to the angels, saying, "I (Adam) know what you (Allah) reveal and what you conceal;" the scholar Al-Tabari explained that Adam was referring to the evil plans of Iblis (Satan).
Adam and Eve both ate of the Tree of Immortality, and both shared guilt equally, for Eve neither tempted Adam or ate before him; nor is Eve to blame for the pain of childbirth, for Allah never punishes one person for the sins of another. The Shiah school of Islam does not even consider that their action was a sin, for obedience and disobedience are possible only on Earth and not in heaven, which is the location of Paradise. Adam fell on a mountain in India, the tallest in the world and so the closest to Heaven, and from there God sent him to Mecca, where he repented and was forgiven. At Mecca he built the first Sanctuary (the Kaabah - it was later rebuilt by Ibrahim ) and was taught the ritual of the Hajj, and wove the first cloak for himself and the first veil and shift for Eve, and after this returned to India where he died at the age of 930, having seen the sons of the sons of his children, 1400 in all.
According to the Ahmadiyya sect Adam was not the first human being on earth, but when the human race came into existence, and spread all over the world and developed the ability to receive revelation, God sent Adam to each and every branch and civilizations. According to a revelation received by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad , the founder of the community, the Adam mentioned in the Qur'an was born 4,598 years before Muhammad.
In the Bahá\'í view, Adam was the first Manifestation of God in recorded history. He is believed by Bahá'ís to have started the Adamic cycle 6000 years ago, which has culminated with Bahá\'u\'lláh . The biblical story of Adam and Eve, according to Bahá'í belief, is allegorical and is explained by \'Abdu\'l-Bahá in Some Answered Questions . Táhirih , an influential poet and theologian of the Bábí Faith , wrote a lengthy poem called Adam's Wish, about the desire of Adam and all other past prophets to witness humanity's coming of age.
In the Sikh religion, Adam is mentioned once in the Guru Granth Sahib on Ang (Limb) 1161. This hymn describes the greatness of his God that he has seven thousand angels, one hundred and twenty five thousand Prophets, etc.; and that God lives in the Seventh Sky above Earth..
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* See also Apologetics * Soteriology * Demonology
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CREATION TO FLOOD
PATRIARCHS AFTER FLOOD
TRIBE OF JUDAH TO KINGDOM
Names in italics only appear in the Greek Septuagint version
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Prophets in the Quran
آدم إدريس نوح هود صالح إبراهيم لوط إسماعيل
* Adam * Adam
* Idris * Enoch (?)
* Nuh * Noah
* Hud * Eber (?)
* Saleh * Salah (?)
* Lut * Lot
* Ismail * Ishmael
إسحاق يعقوب يوسف أيوب شُعيب موسى هارون ذو الكفل داود
* Is\'haq * Isaac
* Yaqub * Jacob
* Yusuf * Joseph
* Ayyub * Job
* Shuayb * Jethro (?)
* Musa * Moses
* Harun * Aaron
* Daud * David
سليمان إلياس إليسع يونس زكريا يحيى عيسى مُحمد
* Sulaiman * Solomon
* Ilyas * Elijah
* Al-Yasa * Elisha
* Yunus * Jonah
* Zakaria * Zechariah
* Yahya * John
* Isa * Jesus
Note: Muslims believe that there were many prophets sent by God to mankind. The Islamic prophets above are only the ones mentioned by name in the Quran .
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* Manu ( Hinduism ) * Mannus (German) * Adam, Noah , Abraham ( Judaism , Christianity , Islam ) * Mashya and Mashyana ( Zoroastrianism ) * Phoenix ( Phoenicians ) * Nyatri Tsenpo ( Tibetan Buddhism ) * Nüwa ( China ) * Melampus (Greek Mythology) * Wurugag and Waramurungundi (Australian Gunwinggu ) * Míl Espáine (Irish ) * Wau Rauh ( Bali )
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* " Probe 7, Over and Out " (1963)
* Mama\'s Affair (1921) * Good Morning, Eve! (1934) * The Broken Jug (1937) * The Original Sin (1948) * The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) * El pecado de Adán y Eva (1969) * La Biblia en pasta (1984) * The Annunciation (1984) * Adipapam (1988) * Adam (1992) * Man\'s Best Friend (1998) * Babs (2000) * The Last Eve (2005) * Year One (2009) * The Tragedy of Man (2011) * Adam and Dog (2011) * Tropico (2013)
* The Creation (1798)
* Apocalypse of Adam * Book of Moses * Book of Abraham * Books of Adam * Book of the Penitence of Adam * Cave of Treasures * " El y Ella " * Genesis A and Genesis B * Harrowing of Hell * Life of Adam and Eve * Testament of Adam * Testimony of Truth (3rd century) * Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan (6th century) * " Old Saxon Genesis " (9th century) * " Adam lay ybounden " (15th century) * Paradise Lost (1667) * Le Dernier Homme (1805) * Extracts from Adam\'s Diary (1904) * Eve\'s Diary (1905) * The Book of Genesis (2009)
* Bernward Doors (1015) * Tapestry of Creation (11th century) * Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1425) * Vienna Diptych (15th century) * The Last Judgment (1482) * The Garden of Earthly Delights (1504) * Adam and Eve (1507) * Paradise and Hell (1510) * The Creation of Adam (1512) * The Haywain Triptych (1516) * Eve, the Serpent and Death (1510s or 1520s) * Adam and Eve (1528) * The Fall of Man (1550) * Maps of Ancient Israel * The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man (1617) * The Fall of Man (1628) * The Four Seasons (1660s) * The Koren Picture- Bible (1692–1696) * The First Mourning (1888) * Eve (1931) * Adam and Eve (1932) * The Serpent Chooses Adam and Eve (1958) * Adam and Eve (1992)
* "Dese Bones G\'wine Rise Again " * " Adam-ondi-Ahman " (1835) * "Forbidden Fruit " (1915) * "The Garden of Eden " (1956) * "Let\'s Give Adam and Eve Another Chance " (1970) * " Man Gave Names to All the Animals " (1979)
* Adam–God doctrine * Adam and Eve (LDS Church) * Adam in Islam * Adam in rabbinic literature * Al-A\'raf * Book of Moses * Endowment * Manu (Hinduism) * Mashya and Mashyana * Serpent seed * Tree of Jiva and Atman * Tree of life (Quran) * Our Lady of Endor Coven
STORY WITHIN A STORY
* Doraemon: Nobita\'s Diary of the Creation of the World * Island of Love * The Visitors
* Demon: The Fallen (2002)
* Apple * Fig leaf
* Pre-Adamite * Generations of Adam * Cave of the Patriarchs * " In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela " * "Simpsons Bible Stories " * Second Time Lucky * Adam and Eve cylinder seal * Timeline of Genesis patriarchs * Genealogies of Genesis * Carnal knowledge
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PORTRAYALS IN MEDIA
* Le Jeu d\' Adam (12th century) * Cain (1821)
* Children of Eden (1991) * Here\'s Where I Belong (1968)
* Book of the Penitence of Adam * East of Eden (novel, 1952) * Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion (1917) * The Book of Lies (2008)
* "Should the Bible Be Banned " (1988) * "Cain\'s Blood " (1995)
* La mort d\'Abel (composition, 1810) * The First Mourning (painting, 1888) * Cain and Abel (TV series, 2009) * Cain and Abel (DC Comics) * Kane (Command border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">