What the hell is Adam’s apple?

Adam’s apple (aka laryngeal prominence) is a feature of neck that only appears at men. Need not to introduce. A biology textbook can do better than me.

Adam’s apple, not a quite nice thing

The question is, why the apple of the first man in the world (according to the Bible) have anything to do with a neck feature?

Some people explained that when Adam ate the apple which Eve had given, he swallowed it and as a result, it made a lump on his neck.

Non, non, non.

Let’s read the Genesis again:

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

(Genesis 2:16-17)


And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

(Genesis 3:6-7)

So, both Adam and Eve ate the fruit, so no way Adam was embedded but not Eve; and it seems that they had time to eat slowly, not to accidentally swallow it because they had time to sew aprons. And there is no apple at all.

Well, it seems there are something wrong. People make mistake all the time. They think the fruit is apple and they used it to explain such a thing.

But, actually, where did the word come from?

From mis-translation from the very start. We have the word from Latin “pomum Adami, which comes from Hebrew “tappuach ha adam“. No, I did not make mistake not capitalizing “adam“. In Hebrew, “adam” also means “man“, while our “apple” “tappuach” also means “swollen“, so this phrases means: the swelling of a man. Sound more right.

P.S. I’m an atheist, if you don’t know.


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