The scriptural reference to red-headedness may precede David or Esau. We
should remember that the name "Adam" is derived from the word meaning "red,"
though many seem to ascribe this to the clay from which he was made, not
necessarily his hair.
All the red-headedness, and its apparent accompanying temperament, in our
household is from my wife's side of the family...no I am not going there...
Warner Robins GA
From: gordon brown [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:24 AM
To: Glenn Morton
Cc: Asa@Calvin. Edu
Subject: RE: Redheads descended from Neanderthals?
On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Glenn Morton wrote:
> But more broadly, as I noted, the neanderthal traits, amng them red-heads
> apparently, are spread throughout the entire range of the N.'s. This
> includes western Russia across through England and as far south as the
> Levant (King DAvid was a redhead apparently)
The suggestion that David had red hair is presumably based on I Sam. 16:12
and 17:42. The Hebrew word 'admoni is supposed to mean red or ruddy. I am
wondering whether anyone on this list knows whether it has to refer to red
hair. Could it refer to a ruddy complexion? It is applied to David in a
context that emphasizes his youthfulness. Its only other occurrence is in
Gen. 25:25, where it refers to the appearance of Esau (Edom) at the time
of his birth.
The subject of red hair may interest me more than it does others since my
mother had red hair. Thus if, as I have been told, this is a recessive
trait, then I carry the gene even though my hair is brown. However, unlike
Glenn, I have genes that gave me long legs.
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
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