Bible: Genesis

(ca. 1400–400 BCE)

Glossary

  • Abram: that is, Abraham
  • bdellium: an aromatic gum
  • cherubim: an order of angels
  • cubit: a unit of measurement originally based on the length of the forearm
  • Cush: possibly Ethiopia
  • Gihon: literally, “bursting forth, gushing”
  • Havilah: literally, “stretch of sand,” used in the Old Testament to refer to various lands
  • land of Canaan: a region roughly commensurate with modern-day Israel and surrounding territories
  • Moreh: variously identified as a tree, a grove, or a plain
  • mountains of Ar’arat: mountains located in modern-day Turkey
  • Pishon: a river variously identified as the Nile, the Indus, the Ganges, and other rivers
  • Sar’ai: generally spelled “Sarah”
  • Shechem: the first capital of the Kingdom of Israel
  • Ur: a city in ancient Sumer
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“Adam and Eve” by Heinrich Campendonk (Yale University Art Gallery)

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