Ian Goldsmith iangoldsmith1969 at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jul 8 06:48:14 EDT 2002

Dear All.

A Couple of related questions.:

Whilst I understand the relation in the Hebrew name
for 'Eve'  (Gen 3:20) to 'life', I'm unsure where we
get the English 'Eve' from.

I'm guessing that it is a transliteration of the LXX
for 'Chavvah/Khavvah' = 'Eve'. Can anyone confirm this
and give more detail, or correct me if I'm barking up
the wrong tree? I haven't got an LXX to look it up in,
so I've no idea if I'm on the right track.
Still, it'd have been much easier if we'd stuck to
some translation of these names into English that made
more sense! Once again the original makes more sense,
but then that's probably a given?
How about a bold translation into English that has
clearer translation of names, places etc. Perhaps a
campaign to drop the German? ;- ).
Seriously though I'd value your clarification.

Next question.  Did God give 'man' a name? Or did he
let him choose his own, as he chose those of the other
living creatures? 
'Man' seems to be the first person to refer to himself
as 'Ish' and likewise of 'Ishah' his wife. 
He is always referred to as just 'adam' up until that
point and generally with the article. As he was unique
I wondered if his title was in someway unique also.

Anyway, look forward to your thoughts.

Ian Goldsmith.

Dibrah Torah kilshone bnei-adam
'The Torah spoke in the language of ordinary men.'
Berakot 31b

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