Saturday, September 04, 2010
Lamech, My Son
Adam, Eve, Noah, Jared, Abel, Enoch and Seth, I know people, either personally or well known people, who have these names. I don't think I know of anyone called Cain, which is reasonable if people have a bit of Bible knowledge when choosing their son's name.
There are a lot of other names of equal antiquity though which have either fallen from common use, or have never really been picked up as names, does anyone know of a Lamech, Shem, Ham, Japeth, Enos or Mahalaleel ? These names may sound unusual, but only because they are not in common use, if you knew half a dozen blokes called Lamech the name wouldn't sound so unusual at all.
The picture is a woodcut called Creation of Light by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld from a series of engravings for Die Bible In Bildern published in 1860.