She shall be called ishah because she was taken out of Ish.

And Adam said; “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:23.

first ish

Man, ish; Strong’s #376. A man, a husband, a male, an individual person. One of four Hebrew words for “man” in the OT. This word is different from the generic term ‘adam, which means “Human,”  ish portrays maleness and so is logically linked with its feminine form, ‘ishah, “wife” or “woman.”

‘Ish often means a sense of nobility, dignity, strength, and especially social standing, as does the word “gentleman.” Such expressions as the “man of blood” or “man of the earth” are a favorite way in Hebrew to attribute a quality to someone.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 01:39:16

    God’s original plan was for 1 woman to be married to 1 man. The sense of nobility, dignity, strength, and social standing that “Ish” represents has been warped by our modern culture into something foreign from God’s plan.

    One day there will no longer be marriage. Until that time, I will agree with God’s original intentions.


  2. Barbara
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 02:16:03

    If ‘Ish’ which means a husband,or a man, gives a sense of nobility, dignity, strength, and social standing as does the word gentleman, then it would be safe to say that ‘Ishah’ a wife, or woman would also convey the same meaning as does the word lady. Your comments, please. Thank you.


    • Mannyr
      Jan 19, 2014 @ 18:54:28

      Absolutly, When God presented the woman to Adam, this text reveals how immediately Adam recognised something of himself in her.She was part of himself. See Ephesians 5:24-33. I see these verses putting demands on Christian husbands so as to make it impossible to see how a charge of male chauvinism could be justly charged to the Bible, Or for that matter suggest that their is license to exploit women or wives an thereby justify such claims come form the Bible.

      An example would be:Hosea 2:16. Where ishi’=my husband, and Baali= my Lord. Husband meaning a relationship of all of the above. Whereas Baali means someone ruling as a master over slaves.
      One of the best examples that i love is shown in John 19 where Jesus upon His Resurrection after all the many years since the fall in the Garden of Eden, after the redemption of His creation chooses to speak to a women before speaking to all the soon to be great disciples. This to me shows our Lord honoring Mary (as an examlpe of all women) to be the one given the honor of announcing His Resurrection. The first Evangelist was a women.


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