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Adam
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Artist's rendering of Adam taking the apple from Eve
Title The first man
Born 0 AC (After Creation)
Died 930 AC
Gender Male, formally both
Religion N/A, as religion was not debated
Family First man
Spouse Eve
Residence Garden of Eden before being banished from it

Adam, in the book of Genesis, is the first man created by G-d in His own image. In Biblical and in Modern Hebrew the word "adam" can be either a personal name or can refer to "humanity" in general.

There are two accounts of the creation of man in Genesis. In Genesis 1 it appears to say that G-d created a man and a woman at the same time, "Male and female created He them", and advised them to be fruitful and multiply. This account is the origin of the story of Lilith, Adam's first wife who considered herself to be his equal and refused to submit to his will. The story of Lilith is not included in the Tanakh, it first appeared in written form in The Alphabet of Ben Sira in the 10th century CE.

The second account of the creation of Adam appears in Genesis 2. The account says that G-d created Adam out of the dust of the ground before breathing the breath of life into his nostrils. Adam is placed in the Garden of Eden and told that he can eat from every tree except for the "tree of knowledge of good and evil". All animals are presented to Adam and he names them all.

G-d does not think that Adam should be alone, puts him to sleep and takes one of his ribs from which Eve is formed.

Eve was tricked into eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge by a talking snake with arms and legs. She then gave it to Adam to eat. After eating from the "tree of knowledge of good and evil" Adam and Eve realise they are naked. They are banished from the Garden of Eden and are both cursed. Adam's curse is that he has to labor to obtain food from the ground which brings forth thistles and thorns.

Adam and Eve had many children, although only three are named in Genesis: Cain, Abel and Seth. According to Genesis, Adam died when he was nine hundred and thirty years old, he is the first of many extremely long lived figures in the Torah.

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