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.
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
> 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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