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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Man:

(1.) Heb. 'Adam, used as the proper name of the first man. The name is derived from a word meaning "to be red," and thus the first man was called Adam because he was formed from the red earth. It is also the generic name of the human race (Gen 1:26,27; 5:2; 8:21; Deu 8:3). Its equivalents are the Latin homo and the Greek anthropos (Mat 5:13,16). It denotes also man in opposition to woman (Gen 3:12; Mat 19:10).

(2.) Heb. 'ish, like the Latin vir and Greek aner, denotes properly a man in opposition to a woman (1Sa 17:33; Mat 14:21); a husband (Gen 3:16; Hsa 2:16); man with reference to excellent mental qualities.

(3.) Heb. 'enosh, man as mortal, transient, perishable (2Ch 14:11; Isa 8:1; Job 15:14; Psa 8:4; 9:19,20; 103:15). It is applied to women (Jos 8:25).

(4.) Heb. geber, man with reference to his strength, as distinguished from women (Deu 22:5) and from children (Exd 12:37); a husband (Pro 6:34).

(5.) Heb. methim, men as mortal (Isa 41:14), and as opposed to women and children (Deu 3:6; Job 11:3; Isa 3:25).

Man was created by the immediate hand of God, and is generically different from all other creatures (Gen 1:26,27; 2:7). His complex nature is composed of two elements, two distinct substances, viz., body and soul (Gen 2:7; Ecc 12:7; 2Cr 5:1-8).

The words translated "spirit" and "soul," in 1Th 5:23, Hbr 4:12, are habitually used interchangeably (Mat 10:28; 16:26; 1Pe 1:22). The "spirit" (Gr. pneuma) is the soul as rational; the "soul" (Gr. psuche) is the same, considered as the animating and vital principle of the body.

Man was created in the likeness of God as to the perfection of his nature, in knowledge (Col 3:10), righteousness, and holiness (Eph 4:24), and as having dominion over all the inferior creatures (Gen 1:28). He had in his original state God's law written on his heart, and had power to obey it, and yet was capable of disobeying, being left to the freedom of his own will. He was created with holy dispositions, prompting him to holy actions; but he was fallible, and did fall from his integrity (3:1-6). (See FALL.)

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