In Genesis 2:19:
And the Lord God formed from the earth every beast of the field and every fowl of the heavens, and He brought [it] to man to see what he would call it, and whatever the man called each living thing, that was its name.
The obvious question (so obvious that I fear that the answer may be well-known to everyone but me), is how did the fish, insects, worms, bugs, and other critters which are not "beasts of the field" or "fowl of the heavens" receive their names?
I see two possible explanations:
- Adam only named the animals related to agriculture (somewhat strange given that agriculture didn't exist for a while later, and so "beasts of the field" is an unexpected category of animals, unless the "field" is not a ploughed field but just non-mountainous terrain, but I digress) and fowl (and what about birds which are not fowl)... but then why "every living thing" in the verse?
- Adam did actually name all the animals, but this isn't mentioned anywhere because the readers of Genesis would primarily care about beasts of the field and fowl and not about little insects and some obscure creature of the sea. Maybe G-d didn't bring these animals to man (as it is written) but presented it to him mentally.
Anyway, I sure would appreciate your input on this. Thanks!