Tuesday, December 16, 2008

mother of all living

Google books has just made Julia Smith's Bible available again, to fully search and even to download. The company removed it for some time just after I'd posted it was available.

Here is Smith's translation of Genesis 3:20,

And Adam will call his wife's name Life, for she was the mother of all living.

Smith calls her translating "literal." Would you agree that "Life" is a good and a literal translation for what usually is rendered "Eve"?


This is a post from Kurk who has also written recently on True Women and feminism. Scroll back and read through his recent blogging. Lots of food for thought.

I am in a bit of a slowdown here. As Mollie describes, sometimes life just gets a little hectic. Among the million other things that went wrong this week, my computer crashed so posting will be short.


Gem said...

Bushnell quotes in her book:

QUOTE: "when . . . we are told that 'Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living' [3:20], most readers take it in the sense that she was the mother of all mankind. But why give her a name to indicate a thing so obvious? On the other hand, when you take the 'living' in the spiritual as well as the literal sense as those 'alive unto God', those who are to have the 'life' which God gives through His Son, how beautifully all the references correspond! 'The seed of the woman,' 'the mother of the living,' 'the generation of Adam.' There is, properly speaking, no present tense in Hebrew only the past and future. So when the future is used, it may denote the present, running on into the future. So here, it is not only 'I will put enmity;' but I am putting, and will put enmity between thee and the woman. The work is begun. . . . She is the first type and representative of all the separated ones who constitute the Church of God." (The Ages before Moses, page 122)." ENDQUOTE

Gem said...

There's some sectors that get all hung up meditating upon Adam NAMING Eve as a symbol of Adam's importance. The truth is that the WITHIN the NAME "Mother of All Living", Adam was acknowledging truth about his wife. The name he confessed sounds affirming and respectful, not derogatory: Eve Becomes a Believer

Anonymous said...

I would just say that for consistency's sake, if we call Eve "Life" then we should call Adam "Red" (if I remember right).

Gem said...

If I recall correctly, Edom is "red" (Edom is another name for Esau, the twin of Jacob) and Adam is "ground" (as in the material from which the first human was formed)