Hey everyone! Well as I’m sure you gather from the past few days, life has been incredibly busy. Way too busy in fact, which is why I’m going to be cutting down the DD; they’ll be now broken into parts for each chapter, so that I can continue to do them on a daily basis, which will make it easier for me to get them out, and hopefully easier for you to read, as there’ll be less word per post. Okay, with that, let’s dive into Genesis 5 pt. 1.
Genesis 5, pt. 1, v. 1-11 — http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%205:1-11&version=GNV
I have to say, and I’m quite probably not alone here, that the Biblical genealogies always bored me, and I was always wondering why we needed to know all those names. Now I understand that context is a big deal. We need that context to help us appreciate the hand of God through the generations of this earth.
Also, if you’ll just take second to think about it, it’s pretty awe inspiring, the sheer level of detail that is included here. God gave us a record here; a rich detailed bloodline that leads from Adam to Christ. As someone whose grandmother was able to trace our roots on her side all the way back to William the Conqueror, I can appreciate the value of knowing your bloodline. Also as a writer whose aspiration is to write a historical epic in the high fantasy genre, worthy of being compared to the work’s of Tolkien, I’ve come to recognize that even in that, bloodlines, the history of character’s families; they’re extremely important. Even if you’re the only one who knows, knowing the blood of which one comes from, allows for an understanding of our own, or others background, which allows us see the broader picture across the generations. And that is a powerful thing.
Our society has always valued the history of one’s family, even coming up with curses for those born in illegitimate relationships. Even still today, knowing who your parents were or are, or even knowing your grandparents on a personal level, gives you a tremendously better understanding of your family. It makes you feel more or less valuable based on the actions of the past, regardless of the fact that you had nothing to do with it! There are blessings and curses to be found in knowing one’s history. I think we can all attest to this.
I’m not going to focus on the lifespan of the ancestors of mankind, because I think this would end up being a much longer piece than I have time to devote to it. Also, Answers in Genesis has an excellent piece on it already. I’ll include the link at the bottom.
Since I’m not going to be going into the lifespan topic, I’d like to focus on the names of the patriarchs of the time, starting with Adam, and working our way down to Enosh. I’ll try to do this every time we hit a genealogy, hopefully making it more interesting for you and me both.
Note: For any pastors reading this, I’d especially love your input when going over the genealogies, as what research I do with the meanings of names will undoubtedly be done with far less understanding of the Hebrew (or later, Greek) language, than most if not all of you. So corrections are welcome. If fact any help is welcome. Especially sources you have or use that are easily available or acquirable.
Genealogies Pt. 1
Adam — in Hebrew אדם. “To be red”. Jeff A. Benner* takes it a step further, tracing the Hebrew root word, דם (Dam) meaning blood. He also points out that several words that are derived from the the root אדם have similar meaning in the context of Adam’s name. אדמה (adamah) is the feminine form of אדם, meaning ground. And אדום (Edom), meaning red. He then goes on to show the contrast: Dam – “red” blood, adamah – “red” ground, Edom – the colour red, and then Adam – “red” man. He then finishes with saying the in Genesis, it states that “the adam” was made from the “adamah”, again showing the connection.
Note: I don’t know about you but I didn’t know half of this before I looked it up. Really cool stuff.
Seth — in Hebrew שֵׁתֿ. “To set something in place”; or more commonly “Anointed”. This is cool, as I think it backs up my assertion (back in DD #4) that I saw Seth as God’s renewing of His covenant with Adam and Eve. Again, not stating this a definitive doctrine, but I think it fits.
Enosh — in Hebrew אנוש. “Man” A tad lackluster, especially as it’s root comes from the Hebrew אנש, meaning mortal, as in sick or weak. To be honest… I have no clue what to do with this one. Though in the spirit of pure speculation, I think it points back to the fact that man, now fallen, has limits, and cannot endure on this earth forever.
Well that’s it for #5. Onwards!
The link as I promised: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab2/adam-and-noah-live
*Jeff A. Benner is a Biblical Hebrew scholar. He runs a really cool website called Biblical Hebrew E-Magazine. if you get the chance, search for it, or click on the following link, http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/index.html
I would note that he has every name I’ve referenced here on his site.
Genesis 5, pt. 2, v. 12-20 — http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%205:12-20&version=GNV
More names! So let dig into this shall we?
Genealogies Pt. 2
Cainan — in Hebrew קינן “Make a nest” Now while I don’t have a lot to say about the name, I want to make clear that this is not the same as “Canaan” which in Hebrew is כנען.
Mahalalel — in Hebrew מהללאל. “The shining one of El” (or, “The shining mighty one”) The name is broken into two parts, the first, ma-ha-lal, in Hebrew מהלל, means “shining” or “one who shines”. The second part, eyl or el, in Hebrew אל, means literally means “the mighty one”. So while I wouldn’t necessarily name one of my own future children this, it is truly a beautiful name.
Jared — in Hebrew ירד “To go down” Again, not a whole lot to say about this, but I’ve always thought it’s a strong, solid name.
And that’s it for #5 and #6!
Hope this has been educational, helpful, and a blessing to you.
Cheers, and I’ll see you on the other side.
Cody, logging off.