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The first member of mankind was Odom (Adam). His name speaks for itself, for the word means “man” (not in the sense of an “adult male,” for the Hebrew word “Odom” has no connotation of sex or age (Bereishit 1:27, 5:1,2 and Mattos, BaMidbar 31:34). This one individual, dubbed “mankind,” is no less that the founder of humanity.
The second person was Chava (Eve). She too, represents not merely an individual, but all life ever after, as the Torah (Bereishit3:20) tells us: The man called his wife’s name “Chava,” for she is mother of all living.
Of the next generation we read (4:17): Cain knew his wife and conceived and bore Chanoch. He built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son, “Chanoch.”
One man built an entire city. Undoubtedly, that is the reason HaShem/Elokim made the early generations live as long as they did, for otherwise civilization could not have been established.
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 128–133.
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