The Word “Woman” in Hebrew in Genesis

Supposedly there is a liberal Christian podcast trying to cast the Hebrew word of the word “Woman” in Genesis 2 meaning mankind, either man or woman. So there is no confusion on the sexuality of God’s creation. So I pulled up my Hebrew Logos to check it out! So guys, you see how important we know some Hebrew. Just done my Hebrew 1 & 2 and Exegesis.

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Genesis 2:21–23 (NASB 2020)

21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “At last this is bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called ‘woman,’ Because she was taken out of man.”


אִשָּׁה (775 ×), Josephus Ant. i:2 εσσα, Jerome (h)issa (Sperber 210); MHb., Ug. aṯt, Ph. אשׁת, also pl. (Friedrich §240, 6; §241, 6); Akk. aššatu, pl. aššāti, also iššu AHw. 399; Arm. → BArm. אנתה, DISO 26; Arb. ʾunṯā female, Eth. ʾanest, Tigr. Wb. 371b; woman (usually coll.), OSArb. ʾnṯt; considering the Ug. Arm. OSArb. and Arb.  not to be connected with אִישׁ and אֱנוֹשׁ; pl. נָשִׁים, Arm. נְשִׁין (→ BArm.), Arb. nisāʾ, niswat, niswān, basic form nis (BL 617g): sg. cs. אֵשֶׁת (< *ʾišt < *ʾiššt), Sam.M46 iššat, (Dt 25:11) ? as abs. Dt 21:11 and 1S 28:7 (Brockelmann Heb. Syn. §70d) and Ps 58:9 (for cj. v.i.) †; אִשְׁתִּי etc., אֶשְׁתְּךָ Ps 128:3 (BL 207 l) †; pl. אִשֹּׁת נָשִׁים Ezk 23:44 (as Akk.; → Zimmerli 535f) נְשֵׁי, נָשַׁי/שֵׁינוּ, נְשֵׁיהֶם: —1. womanfemina :: אִישׁ Gn 2:23 (explanation), אֹרַח כַֹּנָּשִׁים after the manner of women Gn 18:11, תַּמְרוּקֵי הַנָּשִׁים customary massage for women Est 2:12 בֵּית הַנָּ׳ harem and שֹׁמֵר הַנָּ׳ keeper of the harem Est 2:3; frequently with apposition אִשָּׁה אַלְמָנָה 1K 7:14, אִ׳ זוֹנָה Jos 2:1 (:: → אֵשֶׁת זְנוּנִים Hos 1:2), אִ׳ נְבִיאָה Ju 4:4, אִ׳ פִילֶגֶשׁ 19:1; יְלוּד אִ׳ born of a woman (GK §119e) Jb 14:1 15:14 25:4 †; (cowardly) men called women Is 19:16 Nah 3:13; —2. wife: אִ׳ Qoh 9:9 (without art., → Dahood Qoh. 43) נָתַן לְאִ׳ give as a wife Gn 30:4, אֵשֶׁת אִישׁ Pr 6:26, אֵ׳ רֵעֵהוּ Jr 5:8, אֵ׳ אָב stepmother Lv 18:11; concubine Gn 30:4, widow 1S 30:5, bride Gn 29:21; —3. female animal Gn 7:2 Ezk 1 9; —4. each Ex 3:22 Am 4:3 Ru 1:8, → אָחוֹת and רְעוּת; said of things Ex 26:3, 5f; —Ps 58:9 cj. → אֲשֻׁת mole.

 Koehler, L., Baumgartner, W., Richardson, M. E. J., & Stamm, J. J. (1994–2000). The Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon of the Old Testament (electronic ed., p. 93). Leiden: E.J. Brill.

             802. ishshah 
Strong’s Concordance ishshah: woman, wife, female Original Word: אִשָּׁה
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: ishshah
Phonetic Spelling: (ish-shaw’)
Definition: woman, wife, female NAS Exhaustive Concordance Word Origin
from an unused word
woman, wife, female
NASB Translation
adulteress* (2), any woman (1), childbearing* (1), each (3), each one (1), each woman (1), every (1), everyone (1), female (3), girls* (1), harem* (5), harlot’s* (2), harlot* (3), marriage (9), married (3), married* (6), marry* (3), none* (1), one (8), widow (7), wife (274), wife and his wives (2), wife and the wives (1), wife or a woman (1), wife’s (8), wives (100), woman (203), woman of the wives (1), woman’s (6), women (104), women as wives (1). Brown-Driver-Briggs אִשָּׁה775 noun feminine woman, wife, female (Arabic , Sabean אנתֿת etc. DHMZK 1884, 360, Aramaic אִתְּתָא, אִנְתְּתָא, אִתָּא, , Palmyrene, Nabataean אנתתא, Ethiopic  Phoenician אשת, Assyrian aššatu COTGloss) — ׳א absolute Genesis 2:33 +; construct אֵשֶׁת Genesis 11:29 + (apparently absolute Deuteronomy 21:111 Samuel 28:7Psalm 58:9 but compare Bö§ 728 Ges§ 130. 5); suffix אִשְׁתִּי Genesis 20:11 +; אִשְׁתְּךָ Genesis 12:18 + (אֶשְׁתְּךָ Psalm 128:3), etc.; Plural אִשֹּׁת Ezekiel 23:44 (Co לעשׂות); נָשִׁים Genesis 4:19 +; construct נְשֵׁי Genesis 4:23 +; suffix נָשַׁי Genesis 30:261 Kings 20:7; נְשֵׁיכֶם Exodus 22:23 +, etc.; —

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WOMAN(Heb. ʾiššâ, Gk. gynē). The common humanity and equal value of woman and man, created ‘in the image of God’, is a theme of Gn. 1:27. Complementarity and the incompleteness of each without the other is a theme of Gn. 2:20, where woman is created to be man’s helper or partner. (*Eve). Gn. 3:16 speaks of the pain of dependence and domination between women and men in a sinful world.

Monogamy was the OT ideal, but widespread polygamy was regulated rather than condemned in the Law. Parenthood was highly prized. Women in biblical narratives mainly operate within a household, naming the children and being responsible for their early education. Mothers were to be honoured (Ex. 20:12), feared (Lv. 19:3) and obeyed (Dt. 21:18ff). Men took responsibility for and protected women family members but, if there were no male heirs, a woman could independently inherit land (Nu. 27:1–8).


woman  H0802  אִשָּׁה, נָשִׁים  



woman (380x)  H0802 (765x)

[Kohlenberger/Mounce Hebrew]

gk H851 | s H802   אִשָּׁה   ʾišāh   781x

n.f. [408; 10493]. woman, in contrast to man; wife, in contrast to husband; “to take a woman” means “to marry”. → wife; woman.

☞  niv | esv | csb | nrsv | jps | nkjv | kjv

[Easton’s Bible Dictionary]

Woman: was “taken out of man” (Gen. 2:23), and therefore the man has the preeminence. “The head of the woman is the man;” but yet honour is to be shown to the wife, “as unto the weaker vessel” (1 Cor. 11:3, 8, 9; 1 Pet. 3:7). Several women are mentioned in Scripture as having been endowed with prophetic gifts, as Miriam (Ex. 15:20), Deborah (Judg. 4:4, 5), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Noadiah (Neh. 6:14), Anna (Luke 2:36, 37), and the daughters of Philip the evangelist (Acts 21:8, 9). Women are forbidden to teach publicly (1 Cor. 14:34, 35; 1 Tim. 2:11, 12). Among the Hebrews it devolved upon women to prepare the meals for the household (Gen. 18:6; 2 Sam. 13:8), to attend to the work of spinning (Ex. 35:26; Prov. 31:19), and making clothes (1 Sam. 2:19; Prov. 31:21), to bring water from the well (Gen. 24:15; 1 Sam. 9:11), and to care for the flocks (Gen. 29:6; Ex. 2:16).

The word “woman,” as used in Matt. 15:28, John 2:4 and 20:13, 15, implies tenderness and courtesy and not disrespect. Only where revelation is known has woman her due place of honour assigned to her.


Woman means female and woman, complimentary to man.

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