b) Gen 3:20: People in the Ancient Near East associated giving someone a name with the one in authority making a covenant with a subordinate, either for protection or exploitation (Gen 17:1–5; 2 Ki 24:17, 20).
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Read Gen 3:20. Why did naming the woman indicate that Adam’s relationship with her had changed? Do you think his renewed covenant with her reflected his desire to protect her or to exploit her? Why? How do you relate to people with whom you have made a covenant?
[Related posts include Not Good! (Gen 2:18); A Parade of Animals (Gen 2:19–20); An Equal and Adequate Partner (Gen 2:21–23); A Transfer of Loyalty (Gen 2:24); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); Hiding from God (Gen 3:8); A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13); and An Anguishing Process (Gen 3:16)]
 Smith, Micah–Malachi, 232.
 Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, 97.
 Brown, Driver, and Briggs, “אִשָּׁה” (ishah), BDB, 61, https://archive.org/stream/hebrewenglishlex00browuoft#page/60/mode/2up.
 Brown, Driver, and Briggs, “אִישׁ” (ish), 35, https://archive.org/stream/hebrewenglishlex00browuoft#page/34/mode/2up.
 Hamilton, Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 180.
 Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 95.