Yes, that Adam. The one you would have learned about if you had gone to church instead of frantically worshiping the devil in your mother's basement. You with your polyhedral dice and your spellbooks and your
OK so maybe you did go to church, or temple. Or, maybe you managed to read a holy book or two during one of your rare bouts of sanity. That means you already know Adam was made out of dust from the ground, and had life breathed into him. In the Talmud (more commonly known as the holy book of the rich and powerful (no not the scientology one, the other one)), Adam is considered to be a body without a soul for his first 12 hours. Ancient Hebrews used the word "golem" (גולם), or "shapeless mass", to describe this state of existence.
More exciting, though, are the later stories in Jewish folklore. The most famous is the Golem of Prague.
|Is he going to eat that old man?|
The Golem of Prague fought the enemies of the chosen people, but it fell in love. Turned out the girl didn't have a naked-statue fetish, so the Golem went into a rage and killed a bunch of innocent people. The rabbi eventually destroyed his creation to save the innocents - but his point was made, and some of the local anti-Talmud folks backed off.
Even in the 16th century era of this story, golems were completely obedient to their creator, but in the most literal interpretation. They also exhibited a certain degree of hubris. They couldn't harm their creators directly but found ways to hurt the people or things their creators cared about. In one story, a golem killed himself, just so that his lifeless body could fall on top of his creator.
The moral of this story? Jews make awesome roleplayers.