God's Gift of Language: What Was the First Language? Why Did God Confuse it?

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"The Bible does not tell us what language Adam and Eve spoke. The only hint we get is when Adam called his wife “woman” because she was taken “out of man” (Genesis 2:23). The Hebrew word for “man” is ish and the Hebrew word for “woman” is ishah. But, before concluding that Adam and Eve spoke Hebrew because of this word play, we should also note that there is similar word play in English: man and woman are similar words. It is also possible that in Genesis Moses is simply giving a Hebrew equivalent of whatever language they spoke, just as English versions give an English equivalent.

Another clue is found in Genesis 3:20: “The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.” In Hebrew, the word for “Eve” and the word for “living” have a similar sound. There is no equivalent in English. The English word Eve sounds more like the end of something than the beginning. However, our word Eve is from the Latin Eva, which sounds somewhat similar to the Hebrew word havvah, which sounds somewhat similar to the Hebrew word for “live.” from the article: What language did Adam and Eve speak?

"The Afro-Asiatic DominionAlice C. Linsley The best evidence to date suggests that Abraham and his Ha'biru ancestors spoke the languages of the peoples among whom they lived. As rulers of the Afro-Asiatic dominion, Abraham's ancestors spoke Nilo-Saharan languages, some of which are now extinct. Two are of special interest: Sara and Horo, both connected to Abraham's Nilo-Saharan ancestors who worshiped Ra and Horus. Abraham probably spoke more than one language. He would have known the Kushitic Akkadian of the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley where he grew up, and he would have known the Proto-Arabic spoken in Canaan. He likely read the script of the Thamudic group of Arabia and he certainly knew the Canaanite script by which his sons were designated as divinely appointed rulers by the Canaanite Y: Yaqtan, Yitzak, Yishmael. The evidence of linguistics, history, archaeology, anthropology and the Bible points to a vast Afro-Asiatic Dominion as the context for Abraham’s ancestors. Genesis 11:1 says that the peoples of the Afro-Asiatic Dominion spoke “one language” and linguistic studies suggest that the language was Proto-Saharan. This explains the linguistic similarity between names and titles found in Genesis and in the Turkish, Pashtun and Mongolian languages. Examples include Jochi (Biblical Joktan/Yaqtan), Malik (Biblical melek) and Khan (Biblical Kain or Kayan). Khan means king or ruler and Kain is the first earthly ruler in the Bible. Today Khan is a common surname in Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Mongolia. Some Pashtun tribes adopted Malik as the title for ruler instead of Khan. Malik is equivalent to the Hebrew Melek, meaning king." from the article: What Language Did Abraham Speak?

God Gave Adam a Language

This side of heaven we will never really know what language Adam spoke to God with, yet it makes for great and interesting speculations. The following article is interesting in that regard.

"An article recently posted in the online Jewish magazine Tablet is titled “Examining Edenics, the Theory That English (and Every Other Language) Came From Hebrew”; it bears the subtitle “An eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher believes he’s found the key to the origin of tongues — in the Bible.” The “guru of Edenics,” as the Tablet article calls him, is a largely self-taught linguist named Isaac Mozeson, “an American-born lecturer on literature and Judaica who moved to Israel in 2010” and has published two books: “The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals the Hebrew Sources of English” (1989) and “The Origin of Speeches” (2006). The Tablet article states:

"For an obscure scholar with an abstruse theory, the ferociousness of the attacks against Mozeson seems disproportionate. His work has been called in academic and popular circles ‘a joke,’ ‘pseudo-science,’ ‘farcical regression,’ ‘a disgrace,’ ‘idiocy,’ ‘blaringly ignorant,’ ‘ludicrous,’ and even ‘dangerous."

Any contemporary theory dottily arguing that Hebrew, whether spoken by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden or by someone elsewhere, was the original language of mankind, and that all other human languages derive from it, indeed deserves most of the above epithets; yet one has to lack both a sense of humor and historical perspective to consider it either dangerous or a disgrace. Edenics no more endangers the discipline of linguistics than flat-earthism endangers that of geography, and it’s no disgrace to be harmlessly dotty — especially when serious men once took today’s dottiness seriously.

As long as most Christians and Jews believed in the literal truth of the Bible, Edenics made a great deal of sense. After all, the first man and woman created by God already had the full faculty of speech; the Bible reported this speech as having been Hebrew. Other languages first came into being, the Bible tells us, from God’s disruption of human linguistic unity after the attempt to build the Tower of Babel; where else could they have come from, then, if not from a corruption of Hebrew? The early Palestinian rabbis even tried offering a primitive linguistic proof of this by comparing Hebrew with Aramaic and Greek, the other two languages they knew. In Hebrew, the midrash of Genesis Rabba observes, the words for “man” and “woman” are ish and isha, as they must have been at the Creation, for the Bible tells us that woman was taken from man’s rib. But in Greek the words are anthropos and gyn, and in Aramaic, gavra and iteta. “Have you ever heard anyone say anthropos and anthropaia, or gavra and gavreta?” Genesis Rabba triumphantly asks..." Did Adam and Eve Speak Hebrew in the Garden of Eden?

The Corruption from the Nephilim (included language?)

The information we get from The Book of Enoch, specifically The Book of the Watchers (there are 5 books in The Book of Enoch) which as I understand form Bible Scholars is the only book that has any credibility indicates that when The Watchers infiltrated humanity they corrupted humanity in many different ways.

They started offering gifts of knowledge to mortal men and women defying the will of God. In exchange, the angels apparently demanded worship and adoration, but did not understand the total corruption The Watchers were unleashing.

We can make an assumption that this occurred in humanities language as well considering God confused it. More to come on this.

The Worlds Oldest Languages

"There are nearly 7,000 distinct languages spoken in the world today and many of them trace their roots to the ancient languages on this list. While some of the languages on this list aren’t used in everyday life, all of them are still spoken to a certain extent today. Since it is difficult to pinpoint when exactly a language emerged, the dates used come from the oldest known written examples of these languages. from the article: 10 Oldest Spoken Languages in the World (Updated 2021)

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