The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Adam (אדם‎, 'dm). Husband of Eve. According to the Bible, the male progenitor of the human race. Adam was made in the image of God (Gen 1:27) and given dominion over all other living creatures (Gen 1:28–30).
Adam, Critical Issues
Adam, Critical Issues Overviews how biblical scholarship has interpreted the story of Adam in Genesis.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Adam (Person)
ADAM (PERSON) [Heb ʾādām (אָדָם)]. The Hebrew noun ʾādām generally denotes “human being,” “humankind.” The term is also used of the male individual in the Gen 2:4b–3:24 creation narrative.A. Etymology and Use in the OT.The etymology of the word is uncertain. ʾādām has often been associated with
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Adam (Person)
Adam (Person). First man and father of the human race. Adam’s role in biblical history is important not only in OT considerations but also in understanding the meaning of salvation and the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Adam (Person)
ADAM (Person) First man and father of the human race. Adam’s role in biblical history is important not only in OT considerations but also in understanding the meaning of salvation and the person and work of Jesus Christ.The creation of Adam and the first woman, Eve, is recited in two accounts in the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Adam (ad´uhm).1 The first human being. In Gen. 1:1–2:4a, God creates man and woman in God’s own image, separating them from the animals, to rule the earth. In Gen. 2:4b–4:26, God forms Adam (Heb. ’adam, “human”) from the “earth” (’adamah), places him in the garden to care for it, and then creates a
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ADAM. The first man, from whom the entire human race descended. The NT presents Adam as the representative of humanity and relates the whole problem of sin to his original transgression.As to the meaning of this name, etymology cannot offer any positive help. Three possibilities rival one another. The
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Adam (Heb. ʾāḏām) (PERSON)Heb. ʾāḏām means “human” and can be used either collectively (“humankind”) or individually (“a human”). When used in contrast to a word for woman or female, it can also indicate a specifically male human. In Gen. 1–5 the word is used to refer to the first human, Adam.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Adam (Person)
ADAM [ădˊəm] (Heb. ˒āḏām “mankind”) (PERSON). The first human being.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
ADAMI. In the Bible itself there are no traces of traditions that Adam was ever regarded as a divine or angelic being. For non-biblical ANE material possibly relevant to Adam veneration the reader is referred to the lemma →Soil. Here only post-biblical material pertinent to the motif of Adam’s divine
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Adam and Christ
Adam and christAlthough references to the OT figure of Adam in the Pauline corpus are by no means extensive, its use is highly significant in that Adam serves as a vehicle to communicate tremendous theological truths about marriage, sin, death (see Life and Death), human nature and eschatological hope.
Key passages
Ge 1:26–28

And God said, “Let us make humankind in our image and according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of heaven, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his …

Ge 2:7

when Yahweh God formed the man of dust from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Ge 3:17–19

And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and you ate from the tree from which I forbade you to eat, the ground shall be cursed on your account. In pain you shall eat from it all the days of your life. And thorns and thistles shall sprout for you, and you …

Ro 5:12–21

Because of this, just as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death spread to all people because all sinned. For until the law, sin was in the world, but sin is not charged to one’s account when there …

1 Co 15:45–47

Thus also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of earth; the second man is from heaven.

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