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Adam’s Naming Of The Animals: Naming Or Creation?

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This chapter examines the relationship between naming and creation, focusing particularly on Adam's naming of the animals. Jewish thought has assigned a major role in creation to speech and language. There are numerous statements in later Jewish thought about how God creates through speech, and equally, since the Torah is divine speech, about how and why he created with the particular words and letters actually used in Genesis 1. The oldest theological treatise in Armenian is entitled Teaching of St. Gregory, and it is embedded in a history of the conversion of Armenia attributed to Agathangelos.

Keywords: Adam's naming; creation; God; Jewish thought



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