Friday, June 28, 2002

Genesis 2:19

"And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof."
Genesis 2:19

This is interesting.  Adam knew some sort of language, although it isn't mentioned whether it is something that God taught to him or something that he was created with.  However, he was asked to name all of the beasts and birds... so, were there no words for those things in the language that God gave to him?  Was it just the skeleton of a language, and Adam invented vocabulary words as he went along? :)  Very interesting.  I wonder too how the languages were separated at the tower of Babel.  Did the languages gradually differentiate because God separated the people, or did the people immediately have a different language in their heads? :)  Wouldn't it be cool to go to sleep one night and wake up the next morning able to read and write and beautifully converse in another language? :)  Not that you would want to forget the old one, of course... but you know. :)  I wonder what the names of the animals would have been if someone else was in charge of naming them... or if the structure of the language gave clues about names initially... like "fur" or "horn" being part of names of those types of creatures... anyway, enough speculation for today.  What a great gift language is. :)

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