Hebrew is constructed using a system of “root” words.
The Hebrew language takes a word, gives it a meaning, and then there are offshoots of that word that gives us different words for different uses (more similar to Chinese or Japanese in this sense I would say). However, the different words coming from the same root will all have a common thread in meaning.
Let’s take a look at the Hebrew word “Adam”.
The first thing you need to know is “Adam” is a generic term for human being.
It is NOT a proper noun.
And as I mentioned in an earlier post, it does NOT automatically suggest maleness.
So the traditional translation “man” is misleading.
A correct translation should say, “Let us make a human in our image”, NOT “a man in our image”.
The word Adam is also the root word for the color “red” and for the word “soil” or “earth”.
This makes perfect sense since the Scriptures tell us that God created a human (remember not a “man” but a “human”) from the dust of the ground.
However, what connection does the color red have with being human?
First, red is the color of blood which is essential for life.
Second, in Scripture, red also represents royalty and majesty.
I believe this points to the fact that God created a human in His Image.
Now, interestingly, white supremacists also have their own take on the Hebrew word Adam.
They claim that since according to James Strong’s Hebrew dictionary “Adam” translates as “be ruddy, red, to show blood (in the face)“, it can only be referring to Caucasians. Their reasoning is that only white people can blush or turn rosy in the face because hemoglobin only appears under pale skin.
So they conclude that the first humans (both Adam and Eve) were Caucasians and the other mud races as they call them are what the Bible refers to as the “beasts of the field”.
Oh man, I just can’t stop laughing.
So I’m ending this post right here.
See you all next time.