Adam the Story Term Paper

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According to the Old Testament as found in the Holy Bible (King James Version), Adam was the name of the first human being ever to live on the earth following its creation by God. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the word adam may be a reference to the Hebrew word adom which means red-hued clay of the earth, with the word adamah meaning "earth." In Genesis 2:7, we find the first instance where God the creator brings Adam to life by blowing into his nostrils the breath of life ("And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul").

This description clearly shows that Adam was a solitary being outside of God, since the female (i.e. Eve), had not yet been formed from one of Adam's ribs to be his helpmate and companion ("And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept, and God took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man, made he a woman and brought her unto the man," Genesis 2: 21-22).

In some earlier Hebrew text that are different from those found in the modern version of the Holy Bible, God consults with his divine companions, possibly a reference to angels or some other type of spiritual beings, and then decides to make Adam in His own form and image -- "In the form of God he created him (Adam); male and female he created them."

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This short passage has led some biblical scholars and theologians to speculate that Adam, when first created by God, was meant to symbolize both male and female. However, many Jewish scholars as well as Christian philosophers reject this viewpoint. With a close reading of the Scriptures, one can easily see that Adam was created first as a man who was meant to rule over all of the animals (Adam allegedly named all of the animals) and the natural world around him, confined of course to the Garden of Eden. At this time, i.e. before Adam's fall into sin, the world outside of the garden was savage and cruel, a place designed for scorpions and birds of prey, a place not fit for man to live in.

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According to the first narrative in the Old Testament, Adam was God's crowning glory of creation and held mastery over all of the garden. Regarding his creation, God saw that it was good ("And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good," Genesis 1:31). As previously mentioned, Adam was ordered by God to rule over all non-human creations upon the earth as their master and steward. Some scholars have suggested that Adam was a vegetarian, due to his control over all the animals and his God-given love for life. In another version of the story of Adam, taken from ancient Hebrew documents, Adam is given the name of ha-adam, meaning "The Adam," an indication that he was master on earth with God as master of all he had created.

The narrative in the Old Testament than relates that Adam was placed into a divine garden as its caretaker and was told by God not to eat the fruit of two specific trees -- the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life, being the two divine sources of knowledge and being. The punishment for eating the fruit of these two trees was death, a term which Adam may not have been familiar with, due to being an immortal man as long he remained in the garden under the protection of God the creator ("And the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, 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:

Chapter 3 of Genesis in the Old Testament presents the most important narrative pertaining to Adam and his experiences in the Garden of Eden which biblical scholars now believe was located somewhere in the Middle East, most likely in Mesopotamia, currently known as Iraq and Iran. After Adam calls Eve "the flesh of my flesh" and gives her the name of Woman "because she was taken out of Man" (Genesis 2:23), and then realizes that he and Eve are naked "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" (Genesis 2:25), we are told that Satan, disguised as a serpent ("More subtle than any beast of the field," Genesis 3:1) tempted Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge (or perhaps the tree of life).

When Eve tells the serpent that God has forbidden her and Adam to eat the fruit of these trees, he replies "Ye shall not surely die, for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:4-5).

Apparently, Satan's argument was enough to tempt Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge. She then tempted Adam to eat the fruit "She took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband and he did eat," Genesis 3:6). And like Satan had promised Eve, their eyes were opened "And they knew they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons" (Genesis 3:7). When God discovered what Eve had done ("What is this that thou hast done?"), she replied "The serpent beguiled me and I did eat" (Genesis 3:13). God then cursed the serpent (a.k.a. Satan) and made him the lowest form of life on earth. For Adam and Eve, their fate was even worse, for God "put enmity between (Adam) and the woman and between thy seed and her seed" (Genesis 3:15). God then punished Eve by making her a true woman, one who would suffer in childbirth and be under the absolute control of Adam. God then cursed Adam by telling him that he and his wife were to be banished from the Garden of Eve and thus live in misery and suffering as mortal beings, i.e. that they would die someday. Finally, God "drove out the man and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24).

Therefore, due to Eve's temptation by Satan, she and her husband became primitive beings who were forced to feed themselves by toiling in the fields. Thus, God would no longer protect them from the natural elements. Not surprisingly, Adam soon realized that as a human being he could copulate with Eve and create his own children ("Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bare Cain... And she again bare his brother Abel, a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground," Genesis 4:1-2).

This entire scenario has been hotly debated by biblical scholars and theologians for many centuries. The main tradition linked to Hebrew theology views the sin of Adam as that which brought about the mortality of mankind, meaning that all men who came after Adam were doomed to die. This is often referred to as "original sin" or that which relegated mankind to die like all other creatures on the earth. However, in Christian theology, the corruption of human nature, brought about by… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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