Hebrew Word Study BIBLE: Genesis Chapter 3 – Headline “A-Dam Man” [Hebrew Word Study]


-An In Depth Study into the Story Behind the Story-

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The weaving of Hebrew words with their root meanings creating insight into understandings behind the literal meanings. These “inside” understandings are woven throughout scripture from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 creating a supernatural awe asking the reader to ask “Who can write a book like this?” Then, adding to Hebrew word study includes symbolism, prophecies, parables, metaphors, shadows, patterns, and even hidden secrets buried in timelines over hundreds of years.
  • As you will see: word meanings can “go everywhere”. It’s hard to keep track of the many meanings but the spiritual payoff is life changing. What’s more, they apply consistently throughout scripture, in spite of the author, the places, or the times.

  • Adam
    • Adam was made from red clay
    • Red is symbolic of sin and redemption (Good and Evil).
    • Esau was called Edom/Adam because of his redness
    • Adam was made from the ground. The Hebrew word for ground/earth is Adamah.
      • The Ground was cursed with Thorns
        • Thorns are a curse
        • Thorns impale
        • Jesus’ crown of thorns was symbolic of this curse
        • Thorns are also defined as a hedge of protection.
    • Esau/Edom is the same name as Adam
      • Esau ate Jacob’s red stew
        • Stew means Turmoil and Pride
          • Turmoil and Pride are the same definitions for the Leviathan, Satan.
      • Esau was born hairy all over
        • Mt. Seir is associated with demons due to the shaggy/hairiness
        • Mt. Seir was the place Esau settled
        • Seir means shudder, terror, showers (heavy rain)
        • Mire/Clay is prophetic of the Arabs. The iron and clay on the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. The clay is the ancient hatred between Esau and Jacob.
    • Adam’s name is a derivation of the word Dam/Dom meaning red wine or red blood.
      • Jesus’ cup of wine/blood at the last supper, both meaning the same.
      • Adam’s name literally means “Man/Mankind”
  • Dam is red blood/wine, Adam is the man in whom his life is in the blood, Adamah is the red clay of the ground. They all have the color “red” in common.
  • Trees
    • Tree of Good and Evil
      • A tree of choice. metaphor for the law.
    • Tree of Life
      • Symbolic of Jesus
    • Trees are symbolic of men
    • The cross was made from a tree
  • Serpent
    • The Serpent is Satan the devil.
    • Satan is always described as a reptile:
      • Reptiles include-serpent, snake, dragon, crocodile, sea monster, leviathan (rahab), and a reptilian beast (as compared to a mammal).
      • The meaning of leviathan is “mourning”. The leviathan causes the sea of people to be in turmoil and to boil. He is called the king over the children of pride. These are the same definitions as Esau’s red stew.
  • Seed
    • A Seed is a descendant.
    • A Seed carries the characteristic of the parent.
      • The seed of the serpent carries the characteristics of the serpent, Satan.
      • The seed of Eve carries the characteristics of the virgin Mary.
    • A Seed produces fruit: either good fruit or bad fruit.
  • Death
    • There are two deaths, a physical death and a spiritual death. Spiritual death is immediate, physical death takes longer.
  • Naked
    • Vulnerable: needing protection
  • Wisdom
    • Wisdom is associated with the tree of good and evil. Adam and Eve had already been eating from the tree of life to live eternally. But Eve saw that the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good for “wisdom.’
      • The definition of wisdom is knowing the value of one thing over another.
      • The “wisdom” in the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil is one of choices. There is only wisdom if one makes the right choice and the right choice is never disobedience to God.
      • Perfect wisdom makes perfect choices.
      • Only God can know what a perfect choice is. Only God knows the value of one thing over another.
      • Without God no one has the ability to know which choice is the correct choice.
      • The beginning of wisdom is the acknowledgement of God
      • The tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil is a perfect tree. Those who eat of it must be able to comply with boundaries and laws in order to make perfect decisions.
  • The meaning of the Number Two: “There is another”, and “It is decided and it is done”.
    • Two trees: “life” and “good and evil”.
    • Two deaths: physical and spiritual
    • Two curses for Eve.

Genesis 3

  • Genesis 3 lays the groundwork for deeper understandings of other connected words used throughout scripture.

The Temptation and Fall of Man

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning (crafty, manipulative) than any beast of the field which the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God (Elohiym) indeed said (Did He really really say?), ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
  • Note the inclusion of the snake in the genre of the “beasts” of the field.
    The field is symbolic of the world and the use of the word “beast” is prophetic of the Antichrist indwelt by Satan the serpent.
  • Trees are symbolic of men throughout scripture, probably because they come from the ground and stand upright. This includes wood, forest, and the cross.
    • It took a tree to defeat the tree that defeated Adam and also Eve.

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Genesis 3:2-3 And the woman said to (answered) the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God (Elohiym) has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
  • ►Note: The first commandment is in Genesis, the first book of the Bible “Do NOT eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden”. The last commandment is in Revelation, the last book of the Bible, “Do NOT take the mark of the beast” Rev 14:11 . They both adhere to Satan’s demonic ways.
Genesis 3:4-5 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God (Elohiym) knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God (Elohiym), knowing good and evil.”
  • Eyes are a metaphor for “understanding”
Genesis 3:6-7 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
  • Never confuse wisdom with knowledge. One can be “right” without being “wise”.
Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
Genesis 3:7b and they knew that they were naked (vulnerable); and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) walking in the garden in the cool (literally: Spirit) of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God (Yĕhovah Elohiym) among the trees of the garden.
  • The garden had many trees, not just the two trees.

Who Is This Man – A Dam?

Genesis 3:9 Then the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
  • The Name “Adam” has a plethora of connections and meanings to other parts of scripture, both Old Testament and New Testament, which will be covered in full.
    • They include: earth, blood, clay, mire, Satan, Esau, Edom, red, stew, blood, pottery, the last supper, hypocrite, the first and second man; giving the reader much to consider. Learn all this and more from the name of Adam.
  • First, consider the basics:
    • Adam is the first man
    • His name literally means “man”
    • He was made from the ground
    • His name applies to all mankind: all men are “Adam”
  • From the basics there is a connection to:
    • red clay/pottery (temporal)
    • sin/disobedience (the secondary influence of Satan)
    • the life is in the “blood” (redness)
    • All mankind has the sin nature of disobedience and are subject to the influence of Satan
  • The color red is associated with 1) the covering for the tabernacle, 2) Esau/Edom/Adam, and 3) sin and redemption.
  • The Meaning of the Name “Adam” ‘āḏām h120 (from being “ruddy” “redness” or flushed with “redness”.)

  • Note: Adam (man) also is translated “hypocrite” see Strongs’ KJV translation count above. In Hebrew, a “hypocrite” is called an “actor”.
  • The name Adam H120 is derived from ‘āḏam H119 : To be Red

  • Adam’s name comes from the Hebrew word “dam” also spelled “dom”.
  • Dam, or Dom, means either red wine or red blood.
    • At the last supper Jesus would have been speaking Hebrew when He said to the disciples:
      Matthew 26:28 “For this is My ‘dom’ of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” as He held the cup of wine.
      Which meaning did the disciplines hear? Red wine or red blood?
  • Another word using “dam” is Adamah for the word “ground” or “earth”; ie: red ground, red earth, from which are associated “pottery” “clay” and “mire”.
  • Esau was called Edom (ie Adam) because of his “redness”.
    Adam “sinned” but Esau became Satanic.
    Adam (with Eve) brought all humanity into eternal damnation, but Edom is associated with Satanic evil, along with the mountain on which he settled “Mt. Seir”.
    • Edom, Red Stew, Satan, Pride and The Great White Throne judgment are all tightly related and will be discussed later in this chapter.
    • Genesis 25:25 And the first (birthed of twins) came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.
      • Note: Compare “hairy” Esau with Mount Seir H8163 (“hairy” or “shaggy”); meaning demons: From שָׂעַר (H8175)
    • Concerning the Great White Throne Judgment: If rain is the Messiah Jesus, who gives refreshment to the earth (See Jesus as the Rain), then a heavy shower of rain (with lightning and thunder) is His wrath. To shudder in the downpour is fright and terror associated with Esau and the root meaning of Mount Seir. They represent the Great White Throne Judgment of God’s wrath.

      • When Jesus comes at Armageddon:
        • Isaiah 33:14
        • The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” (They know their destiny: Hell, everlasting fire)
    • “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated,” said “He” who is from the Beginning. Romans 9:13
      • Jacob’s family is Jewish. Esau’s family is Edomites (Arabs). They have an “ancient hatred” – even to present day.
      • In Arabic, does Esau mean “Jesus”? The Muslim will not hesitate to name his son – “Eesa” – because it is an honored name, the name of a righteous servant of the Lord.” (Ahmad Deedat, Christ in Islam, Chapter 2)
        Deedat attempted to turn Esau into Jesus by stripping away the letters “J” and “s”. In other words, he was playing on the spelling Esau <–> esu, a difference of only one letter. The reader, however, should be able to spot the fatal mistake of playing with English spelling rather than Hebrew. Secondly, Deedat completely forgot that he should be concentrating on the etymological connection between “Esau” and “Yehoshua”, i.e., between “hairy” or “red” with “God saves”. Given the difference in meaning between these two Hebrew names, the connection is not only less than tenuous, but downright mischievous. It is quite astonishing that Deedat should simply disregard the name Joshua, which is the Hebrew equivalent of Jesus.
      • In other words, Esau would be a mimic Messiah.
    • The Definition of Mt. Seir Below:

    • Gen 25:29-30 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.
      • See Ezekiel Chapter 35 The Ancient Hatred between Jews and Arabs
      • Esau traded his birthright for “red stew”, the beginning of the ancient hatred. The root meaning of Esau’s red stew is “pride”.
        See notes in Genesis 25:30
        • The root meaning of “Stew” is “pride”.
        • Sea is symbolic for a “sea of people”; likewise, “waters”
        • The pride in men causes the sea of people to seethe, stew, fret, boil and worry.
        • Red also has its own symbolic meaning: It stands for both sin and redemption – From Abel’s red blood being murdered by his brother Cain to Jesus’ red blood given for the redemption of man.
        • If the water is red it is because the red sea dragon, Satan, is in the waters. He is called a sea monster, the Leviathan.
          • Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
          • Job 41:31 He (the Leviathan) makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
        • while Satan, who is described in scripture as a sea monster in the sea of people, Satan stirs up the waters and causes men to boil.
        • Esau’s “stew” is “red” and “boiling”.
          • Notice: The name Adom/Edom/Adam also mentions “lentils” (red beans)
          • ‘āḏōm H122

            Meaning of Adom: Note: lentils, of Esau’s (Edom’s) red stew.
  • Potter: God is the potter who formed Adam (literally: Man) from clay h2563 ḥōmer. Clay is boiled, troubled, in turmoil; like Esau’s stew as well as Satan the Leviathan who causes the red waters to boil.
    • Isaiah 29:16 Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
    • Isaiah 30:14 And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter’s vessel, Which is broken in pieces; He shall not spare. So there shall not be found among its fragments A shard to take fire from the hearth, Or to take water from the cistern.”
    • Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
  • A potter’s field is a place where broken clay is thrown to be reused; much like a graveyard waiting for new life in a resurrection.
    • Zechariah 11:13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.
    • Matthew 27:10 and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
    • Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
    • Revelation 2:27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’— as I also have received from My Father;
    • Matthew 27:7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
  • The first man, Adam, was replaced by a man, the second Adam (Jesus), in order to redeem all the Adams throughout history if they accept the second Adam’s “dam (red blood) to cover their sins” and believe that God raised his body from “Adamah” (the ground).
    • I Corinthians 15:46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust (red clay); the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
      • Note: throughout scripture the second replaces the first: The new covenant replaced the old covenant, David replaced Saul, Jacob replaced Esau, of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim replaced Manasseh, etc.
        • Genesis 48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
    • The concept being that the second swallows up the first; the spiritual swallows up the natural.
      • 1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Genesis 3:10 So he (Adam) said, “I heard Your (God’s) voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Genesis 3:12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:13 And the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Genesis 3:14 So the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

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Genesis 3:15 And I (God) will put enmity (war) between you (Satan) and the woman (from the line of Eve all the way to Mary),
And between your (Satan’s) seed (descendants) and her (Eve’s) Seed;
He (Jesus, Eve’s descendant from the virgin Mary) shall bruise your (the serpent’s) head (a deadly blow), and you (the serpent) shall bruise His heel (non-deadly: vain attempt to kill).”
  • Reminder: Women don’t have “seed”. Only men have “seed”. Therefore it speaks of a “virgin” birth for the seed of a woman.
Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
Genesis 3:18 “Cursed is the ground for your sake (because of you);
In toil (hard work, sweat) you shall eat of it (from it) all the days of your life.
Genesis 3:18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
  • When Jesus emptied Himself of His Godhead, He became a man and as a man, He endured the curse of the thorns when the Roman soldiers put a crown of thorns on His head.
  • Jesus hung naked on the cross.
    Thistle is a symbol of desolation or wilderness. Thistles grow in any naked piece of land. They love to takeover in a vacuum of greenery. God is where life is (greenery), but troubles (thistles) spring up in a vacuum.
Genesis 3:18 And you shall eat the herb of the field.
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face (stress) you shall eat bread (literally: bread/meat/food) till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust (red clay) you shall return.”
  • Gen 2:7 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 being.
  • In Hebrew the root of “adom” or “Adam” is “dom” meaning “red” for either red wine or red blood. By adding an “A” to “dam or dom” you have man.
    • Example: Jesus would be speaking Hebrew during the Last Supper when He said:
      Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood (dom) of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Jesus, holding the cup, was speaking on two levels. The listener would hear either a cup of red wine or a cup of red blood).
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s (‘iššâ) name Eve (ḥaûâ h2332), because she was the mother of all living.
  • Eve is the mother of ALL living. This excludes theories of other wives predating Eve or other children.
  • Eve is called the mother of nations.
    • Gen 2:23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman (Isha h802), Because she was taken out of Man (‘îš.”)
      Isha=wife, female
      Is=man, husband,
    • ḥaûâ=Chavvâh, causatively from h2331; life-giver (breath); Chavvah, the first woman:—Eve.
    • Traditional Jewish exegesis such as Midrash (Genesis Rabbah 38) says that Adam spoke the Hebrew language (making it the global language before the Tower of Babel) because the names he gives “Eve” is Isha (Book of Genesis 2:23) and Chavva h2332 (Genesis 3:20) – which only make sense in Hebrew.
  • Hebrew therefore is the first language of the world, and the Hebrew alphabet is a living language.
Genesis 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed (covered) them.
Genesis 3:22 Then the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us (plural),
Genesis 3:22 to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord (Yĕhovah) God (Elohiym) sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim (angels) at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life (vs the tree of good and evil).

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