'Ish List (was Antiquity and Unity of the Human Race)

From: gordon brown (gbrown@euclid.colorado.edu)
Date: Sat May 04 2002 - 16:50:35 EDT

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    Here is a partial list of Old Testament characters descended from Adam and
    referred to as 'ish.

    Adam (Gen. 2:23)
    Cain (Gen. 4:1)
    Noah (Gen. 6:9)
    Abram (Gen. 16:3)
    Jacob (Gen. 25:27)
    Esau (Gen. 27:11)
    Moses (Num. 12:3)
    Elimelech (Ruth 1:2)
    Jeroboam (I Kings 11:28)
    Elijah (II Kings 1:8)
    Elisha (II Kings 5:8)
    David (Nehemiah 12:24)
    Mordecai (Esther 9:4)
    Daniel (Dan. 10:11)

    I don't think this list says anything one way or the other about the
    existence of pre-Adamites, but it calls into question one particular
    apologetic for such a view.

    Gordon Brown
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, CO 80309-0395

    On Sat, 4 May 2002, Dick Fischer wrote:

    > If you start mixing up 'adam and 'ish you lose it all. There are
    >two instances
    > which are rules unto themselves. Man and woman, or man and wife, is always
    > 'ish and 'ishah. Probably because it rhymes nicely. Man in conjunction with
    > animals is always 'adam.
    > Otherwise, those in direct descent from Adam are 'adam or bene 'adam,
    > never 'ish. I don't know any exceptions to that.

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