Let’s explore to know the best answer to the question; “who named the earth?”.Let wisdom speak out for everyone to hear. Our earth still has mysteries that mankind cannot fathom.
Sometimes nature baffles us with so many mysteries. We love living a happy life on earth. But one of the biggest question people ask is, “who named the earth?. A planet hosting 7 billion people.
At least we know the ancient Greeks and Romans named the all other planets after their gods and goddesses. It is only our earth that no one holds credit for naming it.
This post will help you understand some of the efforts put in place to find a concrete answer to the question “who named the earth?“.
I will let us consider the viewpoints from Christians, Linguists Scientists, and Historians. You would the fight this against your conscience and beliefs.
Christians View Answering Who “Named The Earth?”
I am starting from the Bible because it is a book full of historical facts, scientific facts, many mysteries and prophesies.
Mankind hasn’t been fully able to explore everything making up our earth. God created this earth and everything in heaven, including all other planets.
The name “earth” first appeared in the book of Genesis. Moses wrote the first 5 books in the old testament including Genesis.
The interesting question here is, “when was the book of Genesis written?. Moses wrote the book during his lifetime on earth.
However, there are two separate dates that raise debate among scholars. Moses lived in an era called the Late Bronze age (about 1550 to 1200 B.C). The other dates indicating when Moses wrote Genesis is likely between 1440 and 1400 B.C. So scholars haven’t known the exact date yet.
In Genesis 1:1, it states;
” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
That sounds clear that God gave our planet a name and that name is earth. Looking at verse 5 it indicates that there were no other names for ‘light’ and ‘darkness’. God named them.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. There was evening and there was morning, one day.”
The View Point From Etymology And Science In comparison To The Bible
The name “earth” derived from Anglo-Saxon(English and German) words ‘or(the)e/ertha’ and ‘ride’ which means the ground. To ask a linguist or scientist who named the earth?. A frank answer will be ” No Idea”.Yes, they don’t know.
Mankind has tried to explore and understand the existence of our world in many ways. There have been a lot of misconceptions about life on earth from centuries ago. People still believe that our earth is flat and that is out of the facts.
Let me then remind you that God brought so many languages to this world to fulfill his purpose. God has given mankind knowledge to learn different languages, explore the earth for HIS glory. But its unfortunate paganism has consumed mankind’s heart.
Like I said earlier, all the known planets were named after Roman and Greek gods and goddess except our “earth”.Should if God gives mankind the privilege to name our planet, he will name it after a god or goddess.
As technology came into the limelight in the earliest part of 1the 600s, the telescope was discovered.
We get to know much about the mysteries of this earth through God. He is omniscient and omnipotent.
“For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will nullify.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made foolish the wisdom of this world?. For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe. “(1 Corinthians 1:19-21)
Astronomy called William Herschel has been credited for discovering Uranus in 1781 and also Neptune was discovered in 1846 by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. It was named after Roman’s god of the sea because of its blue color.
One important thing I want all my readers to know is; There is nothing new under the sun. These planets existed already till mankind discovered them to honor themselves and their gods.
The Conclusion On Who Named The Earth?.
A straight answer from Christians is “God named the earth“.He created it along the heavens and all terrestrial bodies. He is the source of wisdom. He is the mastermind behind all things that are good and worthy.
Linguistics exist today because God brought languages to this earth. The evolution of the name of our planet from Anglo-Saxon words only complement what has been in existence already. It is nothing new.