The Biblical ADAM = ΑΔΑΜ has a Greek name.

The Biblical ADAM = ΑΔΑΜ has a Greek name.

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ADAM = ΑΔΑΜ, is a Greek name.

The context is God speaking to Enoch;

"On the sixth day,... I made man.... And there was no one like him upon the earth of all My creations. And I gave him the name ΑΔΑΜ from the four substances: νατολὴ (the East), Δύσις (the West), ρκτος (the North), and Μεσημβρία (the South)."

This is a quote from chapter 30 of The book of the secrets of Enoch (William Morfill's 1896 translation). Internal evidence shows that the two existing Slavonic manuscripts of this book are translations from a Greek original. The book of the secrets of Enoch, is one of the hundreds of apocryphal books associated with the Old Testament of the Bible. Like the Old Testament itself, the apocryphal books were originally written in Greek.

The four substances mentioned are from the four corners of the Earth. They are among the seven substances that Man was created from. Since Man was literally composed of material from the four corners, God gave Man the name ADAM (which is composed of the first letter of each of the names of these corners) to symbolically represent this.

Consider this quote of Saint Augustine, from Homilies on the Gospel according to St. John: and his first Epistle.

"And what man knoweth not that from Adam are sprung all nations, and that in the four letters of his name, the four quarters of the world, as they are expressed in Greek, are indicated? For if the words East, West, North, South, as Holy Scripture mentions them in very many places, are expressed in Greek, the first letters, thou wilt find, make Adam. For the Greek names of the four aforementioned parts of the world are Anatole, Dysis, Arktos, Mesembria. If these four names are written, like four verses, one under the other, the capital letters form the word ADAM."

Following Saint Augustine, we have the following:

A = Α = νατολὴ = Anatola = East
D = Δ = Δύσις = Dysis = West
A = Α = ρκτος = Arctos = North
M = Μ = Μεσημβρία = Mesembria = South

Since the acronym ΑΔΑΜ only makes sense in the Greek language, this proves that Adam was originally a Greek name.

ἀνατολή : Literally, a rising (of the sun and stars). Denotes the East.
δύσις : Literally, a sinking (of the sun and stars). Denotes the West.
ἄρκτος : Literally, a bear. Denotes the North.
μεσημβρία : Literally, midday. Denotes the South (from the position of the sun at midday).

Here are a number of further quotes on the subject:

"He is the God who formed Adam, name of four letters, who was first created, and took the full meaning of his name from East and West and South and North; and He established the form and shape of mortals, and made the beasts, birds and creeping things."

This quote is from page 46, of the Sibylline Oracles (Herbert Bate's 1918 translation (from the Greek)). The Oracles are a collection of sayings of the ancient Greek prophets called Sibyls (σίβυλλα). Heraclitus, writing in the 5th century B.C., claims that the Sibyls had prophesied since many centuries before his time ("The Sibyl with divinely-inspired mouth uttering her unlaughing, unadorned, unincensed words reaches out over a thousand years with her voice of the God." From On the Universe, by Heraclitus).

Here is another quote from Saint Augustine, found in Expositions on the book of Psalms.

"He gathereth all His elect from the four winds therefore from the whole world. For Adam himself (this I had said before) signifieth in Greek the whole world; for there are four letters, A, D, A, and M. But as the Greeks speak, the four quarters of the world have these initial letters, Ἀνατολὴ, they call the East; Δύσις, the West; Ἄρκτος, the North; Μεσημβρία, the South: thou hast the word Adam."

From page 21, Legends of the Patriarchs and Prophets, by Sabine Baring-Gould, we have:

"According to the most authoritative Mussulman (Islamic) traditions,... The four archangels Gabriel, Michael, Israfiel, and Asrael were required to bring earth from the four quarters of the world, that therefrom God might fashion man."

The most detailed account of the making of the first man is found in Hawaiian mythology:

"Last of all they created man on the model or in the likeness of Kane. The body of the first man was made of red earth and the spittle of the gods and his head was made of a whitish clay which was brought from the four ends of the world by Lono. When the earth-image of Kane was ready, the three gods breathed into its nose and called on it to rise, and it became a living being. Afterwards the first woman was created from one of the ribs of the man while asleep, and these two were the progenitors of all mankind."

From page 62, An account of the Polynesian race, Vol 1, by Abraham Fornander.

"The head of the first kanaka (Hawaiian) was created from a whitish clay (pololo), which was brought by Lono from the four ends of the world—from "Kai Koolau, Kai Kona, Kahiki-ku, Kahiki-moe"—north, south, east, west. The clay from the north and east forming the right side, and the clay from the south and west forming the left.... At the creation of man, Kane was the model after which he was made; Ku was the workman who made him, and Lono assisted generally. When the clay-image of Kane was made, they three breathed into its nose, and that breath was called "he maule o Lono." The gods then called on him to rise and become a living being,... The image then rose and knealt before the gods and they called his name Honua-ula (Red Earth)—his body was made of red earth (lepo ula) and spittle (wai-nao), and his head was made of the clay (palalo) brought from the four ends of the earth. Another name for him was Ke Lii-Ku-Honua. After creation this man Honuaula, was given a place to live in, called in olden time Kalana i Hauola, in later times it was called Pali-uli."

From page 267, Fornander collection of Hawaiian antiquities and folk-lore, Vol III, by Abraham Fornander.

"If the first man were called in Sanskrit Adima (which is true), and in Hebrew Adam, and if the two were really the same word, then Hebrew and Sanskrit could not be members of two different families of speech, or we should be driven to admit that Adam was borrowed by the Jews from the Hindus, for it is in Sanskrit only that Adima means the first, whereas in Hebrew it has no such meaning."

From page 302, Introduction to the science of religion, by Friedrich Max Müller.

The Hindu sacred books have some interesting things to say about Adam and Eve;

"We are told, that Swayambhuva or the first Menu had for his consort Satarupa; that this primeval pair bore also the names of Adima and Iva, pronounced Adim and Eve; that Adim was the first of men, as Eve was the first of women; and that these two were the common parents of all mankind. We are further told, that Satarupa was likewise the wife of Menu-Satyavrata, who escaped with seven companions in an ark when the whole world perished by water..."

From page 56, The origin of pagan idolatry, Vol III, by George Stanley Faber.

"After this, Borr's sons took Ymer's body and set it in the midst of the gulf Ginnungagap. Of his flesh they formed the earth, of his blood seas and waters, of his bones mountains, of his teeth rocks and stones, of his hair all manner of plants. They made the heavens out of his skull, and set four dwarfs, whose names were East, West, North, and South, at the four corners, to support it. They took also fires from Muspelheim and fixed them in heaven, above and below, to light up the heaven and the earth."

From page 6, A manual of Scandinavian mythology, by Grenville Pigott.
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