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Friday, December 28, 2012

Red Color

(warning, I post this only to show some truth I think is been hidden from the public eye in plain sight, if anyone is not interested in this topic, just ignore it, not purpose of unecesary polemics, just a bible study about the word "red".)

If anyone read this, and agrees to what I say, you can get your own conclusions about many things regarding the true meanings of this little word "red".

If you don't, just no problem. Anyone has their own opinion about things, and this is not a salvation matter.

What means red in hebrew:
Family of words:
Adam, Man, Red, Rossy, Ruddy,Blood, from the Blood,Rubi, Wine, Earth(substance),Earthly
Note: as you may have noticed, ruddy doesnt match all the things from that list, is a word that is actually an euphemism, doesnt define a real color, but was used just for replacing the actual word, we will see in why  ‘ADAM’ in hebrew is related to all those words, so just focus in all the meanings given in strong, and help to take your own conclusions)

From H1826 (compare H119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (that is, drops of blood): - blood (-y, -guiltiness, [-thirsty]), + innocent.

To show blood (in the face), that is, flush or turn rosy: - be (dyed, made) red (ruddy).
**(Something has the color of the blood on the face, is blood colored, I wonder why strong had to say, it was ruddy, since the word says, just that is a face with the color of blood? Ruddy Is something that has somehow red on it but is not completelly red, nonetheless, in the definition, says, that the word adam, means “having the color of blood in the face”. ‘Dam’ means blood.  )

From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): - X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.

**Adam means again, according to strong, humanity, but also Red, but he again uses the word ruddy, instead of red...

From H119; rosy: - red, ruddy.

**Again ruddy, but here, is also “red”, lets see why has to be this color ‘ruddy’

אדום    אדם
'ĕdôm  'ĕdôm
ed-ome', ed-ome'
From H122; red (see Gen_25:25); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occuped by him: - Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

From H119; redness, that is, the ruby, garnet, or some other red gem: - sardius.

Reduplicated from H119; reddish: - (somewhat) reddish.

Contracted for H127; earthy; Admah, a place near the Dead Sea: - Admah.

From H119; soil (from its general redness): - country, earth, ground, husband [-man] (-ry), land.

The same as H127; Adamah, a place in Palestine: - Adamah.
From H127; earthy; Adami, a place in Palestine: - Adami.

*the general color of earth is red. And it comes from 119 Adam, and as we know, Adam was made out of earth. And Adam means and means, “having the color of blood on face”. Therefore, red means, simple “blood colored”. Remember that “Dam” means blood, so its not a complicated reasoning.

*130, and 131, are related to citicens of the places mentioned before

אדמוני    אדמני
'admônı̂y  'admônı̂y
ad-mo-nee', ad-mo-nee'
From H119; reddish (of the hair or the complexion): - red, ruddy.
*again was added the word ruddy before, why you may wonder, wasnt enough with the previous definitions? What is the problem with a face being red? Well, as I said, ruddy is just an euphemism. Doesnt have a real meaning, but is just used for poeple to read, something different than what should read, unless you know what ruddy is actually supposed to mean. But for that, you need to focus, in the family of words, as I mentioned before, and to ddefine what, that same word is used. You will see that there is a considerable problem, if they had translated the word “red” just as “blood red”, that is what the bible describes.

From Greek:
Of uncertain derivation; blood, literally (of men or animals), figuratively (the juice of grapes) or specifically (the atoning blood of Christ); by implication bloodshed, also kindred: - blood.
*the color of blood an wine is the same, that color is known as red, “red wine”

Gradients of Red color:




Raw Ruby:

Authentic polished ruby:

Men red like blood?:

Lets see, in this parts, we see people that is “ruddy”, which is just “blood colored” as we could see before.
This parts in the bible, the word ruddy, replaces, what had just been “red” originally, but we will see later, why it was replaced by this euphemism.

1Sa 16:12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was 

ad-mo-nee', ad-mo-nee'

and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

1Sa 16:12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was  blood colored
and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

1Sa 17:42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and
ad-mo-nee', ad-mo-nee'

 and of a fair countenance.

1Sa 17:42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and blood colored and of a fair countenance. .

Lam 4:7  Her Nazarites were
purer than snow, they were

A primitive root; to glare, that is, be dazzling white: - be whiter.

than milk, they were more


in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:

is the same to glare as to be white?, no, because when talking about white “pale” things, it uses a different word:
לבן    לבן
lâbân  lâbên
law-bawn', law-bane'
From H3835; white: - white. You can search on your strong and see that,
Law-bawn is the same word used in the bible, for calling the skin when it turned white. For mana, seed, and lots of things that has a “pale” white color.
And also is the color for teeth on milk.

So of course, if the meaning was “pale” color, it would have used law bawn , instead of “tsaw-khakh'” , simple because using a word for color, would have had no sense, since we later see, that their actual color is more “blood colored” than rubies. Therefore, the meaning was

Lam 4:7  Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were “more brilliant” than milk, they were more “bloor colored”  in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
Another example:
Son 5:10  My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
Son 5:11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

Son 5:10  My beloved is

From H6705; dazzling, that is, sunny, bright, (figuratively) evident: - clear, dry, plainly, white.



blood like red.

 the chiefest among ten thousand.

*Strong added the “white” meaning as an extra meaning, maybe just because he needed to justify the election of that word which is aceptable, since in all languages white comes from “shining” of the sun, but clearly, in hebrew, there are to distinc words for this, so the meaning was “shine”, not color, since the color, is mentioned in “blood red”.

Son 5:10  My beloved is luminous and blood colored(red), the chiefest among ten thousand.
Son 5:11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.




[size=22]The word Adam, in hebrew, means: red, the same color as the earth, blood, and many things more, as we will see next.

zac 1:8  A red colored horse (strong 122 adom, red like blood)  (bay):
This horse is called red horse in the bible, the same color used for Solomon skin.
(same color for blood, earth etc)

Red food: gen 25:30 (strong 122)
Red beans:

Red leather: gen 25:5 etc (119 adam, red like blood )


Now some other words, that are called red, since ancient times, to know, what was really known as “red” by the people who used that word to define things:

Ethiopian Wolf, also known as  Key kebero(Red Fox) in amharic :

Called in china as red panda, also known in Japan as tanuki,
Also known in china, as fire fox,  which also, on a side not, fire red, is also related to the way bay horses are called in greek, the same color used in revelation for red horse.
Not related to the flame color, but the color of things when are burned or are burning.

Red wolf:

Red alaskan malamute:

Is this all surprising, or hard to relieve?, English invaders called the native americans, as “red skins”, since then, about 1500 forward, they know what the “red” color, actually was, thus, in the bible, on later translations, with the advenment, of racism, the word “red”, was replaced with euphemisms. Even was tried to detract from its original meaning, since now, many people doesnt even know that “ruddy”, just was an euphemism of “red colored skin”. Maybe most of the translators could not accept what they were seeing when translated the bible, or thought it was an error, and so they added that extra meaning, because they had a compenetrated racist vision of the world.
In most of the non hebrew versions of the bible, only you see red, or reddish, for leather, horses, wine, blood, eyes, etc, but never for skin of people. Its always replaced by “ruddy”.

Red skins:

A red skin, has all the body red, but a ‘redneck’ only had their necks, why? Theorically was a despective way to call workers who had their necks burned by sun after a hard day of work.

Red skin plus bussy hair like raven:

So the conclusion, is that RED, in the bible, means, not the artificial color as we are used to call red, but a natural color, which is goes on the gamut of blood-red. From brown till deep red, almost black. In some languajes, the proper words to define this type of color, are, brown, maroon, moorish, bermillion, aurburn, burned, fire red.
Etc In ancient times, was all humanity considered to be within any range of red, but the difference, was that some were more “reddish” than others, for example, the word “ethiopia” comes from greek, and means “burned face”. possibly because they were so “red” they looked burned. So as something gets more red, more deep the color, so more “reddish”, something that can be easily proof on wine or blood. Since you put a bit of it, and it looks transparent, but you put a lot of it, (as in a cup,) and you see it almost black, with a translucid and shining feeling. The same phenomenon can be observed in rubies, in which, as bigger, as more red they look (more deep color)
.Lam 4:7  “they were more ADAM than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire”:


Son 5:10  My beloved is BRILLIANT and RED like BLOOD, the chiefest among ten thousand.
Son 5:11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 


sara ana Sanchez said...

Wow! Ive never noticed so many diferences in the color red!! Very interesting!

Hernán G. Fuentealba said...

thanks for the comments

Unknown said...

Interesting ;)