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Adam named the Eagle and the Lion?

Genesis 2:19-20 "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.
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;" ... (KJV)

This all happens before the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:22 and before the "fall" as described in Genesis 3:6 !

Looking in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary at a few Biblical Hebrew names for common animals we find;


   Strong's #  
 Lamb,
a Sheep

 #7716

 "the idea of pushing out to graze"

 Horse

 #5483

 "as leaping"

 Sparrow

 #6833

 "a little bird (as hopping)"

 Bird

 #5775

 "as covered with feathers"

 Dove

 #3123

 "from the warmth of their mating"

 Serpent

 #5175

 "a snake (from its hiss)"

 Ant

 #5244

 "from its almost bisected form"

 Fox

 #7776

 "as a burrower"

 Lion

 #738

 "in the sense of violence"

 Cormorant

 #7994

 "from casting itself into the sea"

 Hawk

 #5322

 "from its flashing speed"

 Night Hawk

 #8464

 "from it's violence"

 Eagle

 #5404

 "to lacerate ... large bird of prey"


Thus we see that the names derive from observable physical characteristics of the animals or their observable behaviors. The cormorant is named due to its diving into the water in pursuit of its prey. And that the names of the lion, night hawk (perhaps an owl) and eagle relate to their violent preying nature ! H. W. F. Gesenius in his Lexicon provides a more graphic description for the eagle; "to tear in pieces with the teeth, to rend (as a bird of prey)".

Conclusion: Either the Biblical Hebrew names for the lion, cormorant, night hawk and eagle are not the same as those that Adam gave;
or Adam observed violent animal behavior before the creation of Eve and the "fall", contrary to the teaching of some scholars that there was no death and violence before the "fall" !

Ref: "A concise Dictionary of the words in the Hebrew Bible; with their renderings in the Authorized English Version by James Strong, S.T.D., L.L.D. (copyright, 1890, by James Strong, Madison N.J.)


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Eagle, common name for a number of diurnal birds of prey, some of which are the largest members of their family which also includes kites, hawks, buzzards, and certain vultures. The name eagle is somewhat loosely applied, as several of the groups are not particularly closely related to one another, and some birds called hawks are larger than some called eagles.

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Lion, one of the largest members of the cat family. The lion's size and strength have captured human imagination since ancient times, giving these animals the nickname king of beasts. Lions are also known for their mighty roar, a fearsome sound that can be heard by humans more than 8 km (5 mi) away. Lions once ranged over vast areas on many continents. Fossil evidence shows that until about 10,000 years ago, lions lived throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and into Asia as far as southern India and the island of Sri Lanka. They also lived in North America and northern South America.
"Lion," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2000. © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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