Why isn’t “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?
This is a two-part answer, and the second part is very interesting.
- Originally, there was a Jewish tradition not to name children after Non-Jews in the Bible. So that eliminated names like Eve, Seth, and Noah. But this custom has long since been abandoned.
- Adam is even more complicated, because it can be argued that it wasn’t even a proper name in the Bible! It was just a common word that means “human being” or in older translations, “man”. The creation story of the Bible just refers to “the man” and never gives him a name. It was actually in the era of Christianity that it turned into a name by translators selectively* not translating it.
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