QUESTIONS  #18


WHEN  WAS  ADAM  CREATED?


The ages and relationship of the patriarchs, given in Genesis .... allow one  to estimate the time of Adam's creation at slightly more than 6,000 years  ago.  What uncertainties are involved?


A. These ages are based upon the Hebrew (Masoretic) text and almost all English translations. The corresponding numbers in the Samaritan and Greek (Septuagint) texts place Adam's creation about 6,200 and 7,300 years ago, respectively. Which text is closest to the original is an open question. As one issue, consider that Methuselah died 14 years after the flood, if one uses the Septuagint - a logical impossibility, considering he was not on the Ark.


OF  COURSE  THAT  IS  IF  YOU  BELIEVE  THE  FLOOD  OF  NOAH  WAS  GLOBAL....WHICH  BROWN  AND  OTHERS  DO  -  Keith Hunt


(Some  courses  say  that the name Methuselah means, "When he is dead it shall be sent." According to the numbers in this chart, the flood began in the year Methuselah died).


AGAIN  THAT  MAKES  IT  CONVENIENT  FOR  THE  GLOBAL  NOAH'S  FLOOD  TEACHERS  -  Keith Hunt


B. Some ages in all three text have evidently been rounded, because too many numbers end in zero or five. Rounding 15 or so ages in Genesis probably would not inject more than 20 years of total error. A possible problem with the Masoretic and Samaritan texts is that Methuselah died exactly in the year of the flood, despite this rounding.


HUMMMM.... SO  THINGS  JUST  AIN'T  CUT  AND  DRY  IN  BIBLE  CHRONOLOGY.  IS  THAT  WHY  PAUL  TOLD  TITUS  TO  AVOID, "...FOOLISH  QUESTIONS,  AND  GENEALOGIES .... FOR  THEY  ARE  UNPROFITABLE  AND  VAIN" (TITUS 3:9).  Keith Hunt


C. Disagreements exist concerning Terah's age when Abraham was born. Some argue that Terah was 70 years, not the favored 130 years shown in this chart [Brown gives a chart, not produced here - Keith Hunt].


D. Luke 3:36 lists Cainan as the son of Arpachshad and the father of Shelah. In Genesis, Cainan's name occurs only in recent copies of the Septuagint - not the oldest. Nor is Cainan in the oldest copies known copy of Luke. Therefore, a copyist problem added Cainan's name inadvertently, perhaps taking it from Luke 3:37. 


E. Most students of the subject place the death of Joseph (Jacob's son) between 1606 B.C. and 1690 B. C. An error in this date will add a corresponding error in the year of adam's creation.


SO  WE  BEGIN  TO  SEE  BIBLE  CHRONOLOGY  IS  NOT  THAT  STRAIGHT  FORWARD;  IT  IS  NOT  ALL  IN  A  NEAT  LITTLE  BOX  TIED  WITH  A  PINK  RIBBON  -  Keith Hunt


Theistic evolutionists often raise two objections to the chronological information in Genesis.


A. Some say, pointing to Cainan, that the genealogies contain gaps. However, the possibility of gaps is irrelevant to the year of Adam's creation. Let us assume that many generations existed between two consecutive patriarchs on this chart. The time between their births is fixed by Genesis, no matter how many generations might be missing (For example, Enoch was born 105 years after Seth's birth). The writer or compiler of this information had a careful, systematic, and mathematical way of linking the chronology into one continuous family record - in contrast to other genealogies of the Bible.


AH  BUT  FROM  MATTHEW'S  14, 14, 14,  NICE  NEAT  GENEALOGIES  SOME  HAVE  POINTED  OUT,  WITH  PROOF  FROM  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT,  THAT  SOME  NAMES  ARE  MISSING.  IT  IS  A  JEWISH  FACT  THAT  "BEGAT"  OR  "SON  OF"  DOES  NOT  ALWAYS  MEAN  "IMMEDIATE"  BUT  SIMPLY  TIES  A  LINE  OR  FAMILY  TOGETHER;  HENCE  I  AM  THE  SON  OF  "GEORGE"  WHO  WAS  MY  GRANDFATHER.  ONCE  MORE  BIBLE  CHRONOLOGY  JUST  AIN'T  A  NEAT  LITTLE  PACKAGE  -  Keith Hunt


This chart contains other interesting details.


A. Noah's son Shem, born before the flood, nearly outlived Abraham. Surprisingly, many people think of Noah and Shem as relatively ancient (or imaginary) but accept Abraham as historically recent. Noah died only two years before Abraham was born.


B. Notice the continuous chain of overlapping life spans of Adam, Methuselah, Shem, and abraham or Isaac.


C. Enoch's time on earth was cut short, but not by death. [see Hebrews 11:5].


THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  THE  LIFE  OF  ENOCH,  AND  A  SO-CALLED  "GOING  TO  HEAVEN"  IS  FALSE;  IT  IS  NOT  SO.  SEE  THE  STUDY  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  CALLED  "DID  ENOCH,  MOSES,  AND  ELIJAH,  GO  TO  HEAVEN?"  Keith Hunt


D. Notice the systematic change of life spans after the flood, as shown in the inset on page 380.


PEOPLE  LIVED  MUCH  LONGER  BEFORE  THE  FLOOD  OF  NOAH'S  TIME.  MANY  HAVE  TRIED  TO  EXPLAIN  IT;  THERE  IS  NO  BIBLICAL  ANSWER;  THE  BIBLE  DOES  NOT  TELL  US  WHY  THIS  CAME  ABOUT.  AS  GOOD  AS  ANY  IDEA,  IS  THAT  GOD  SIMPLY  WANTED  IT  THAT  WAY;  ALL  OTHER  IDEAS  ARE  PURE  SPECULATION  -  Keith Hunt


Genesis 5 says that each of the first 9 patriarchs had "other sons and daughters" besides the son in the patriarchal line. In other words, each family had at least 5 children: 3 sons and 2 daughters. Statistically, all 9 families would probably have at least 3 sons and 2 daughters if each family had 10 or more children. (Conversely, all 9 families would probably not have had 3 sons and 2 daughters if each family had 9 children or less). If 10 or more children per family were typical before the flood, and plagues, famines, and wars were no more common that in the last several thousand years, then the world's population at the time of the flood would have exceeded today's population of almost 7 billion people.


VERY  IMPORTANT  A  FACT,  WHEN  YOU  HEARD  WHAT  GOD  SAID  HE  HAD  TO  DO  AT  THE  TOWER  OF  BABEL..... NOTHING  WILL  BE  RESTRAINED  FROM  THEM,  WHICH  THEY  HAVE  IMAGINED  TO  DO [GEN. 11:6].  GOD  HAD  TO  CONFOUND  THEIR  LANGUAGE  AND  SCATTER  THEM.  NOAH'S  FLOOD  BEING  LOCAL  AND  NOT  GLOBAL  WOULD  ANSWER  THIS.  MANY  PEOPLE  DID  NOT  DIE  IN  NOAH'S  FLOOD,  ONLY  THE  AREA  WHERE  NOAH  LIVED  BECAME  SO  WICKED  AND  EVIL,  NEEDING  TO  BE  DESTROYED.  AFTER  THE  FLOOD,  THE  GROWTH  OF  THE  POPULATION  AS  A  WHOLE  ON  THE  EARTH  WAS  GREAT.  ALL  OF  ONE  LANGUAGE;  THE  THINGS  THEY  THOUGHT  TO  DO  WAS  SUCH,  IT  WAS  ALL  MOVING  TOO  FAST  FOR  THE  PLAN  OF  GOD  FOR  MANKIND  ON  EARTH.  GOD  STEPPED  IN,  THE  HUB  OF  THE  WORLD  POPULATION  HAD  TO  BE  SCATTERED,  AND  NO  MORE  JUST  ONE  LANGUAGE.  


SEE  THE  BOOKS  REPRODUCED  FOR  YOU  AT  THE  BOTTOM  OF  THIS  SECTION  ON  LOST  RACES......YOU  WILL  BE  AMAZED  AT  THE  CIVILIZATION  BEFORE  BABEL  -  Keith Hunt


IT  WAS  ARCHBISHOP  USHER  WHO  TRIED  TO  CHRONOLOGIZE  THE  BIBLE,  COMING  UP  WITH  4,004  B. C.  FOR  THE  CREATION  OF  ADAM.


IT  IS  FOOLISHNESS  TO  TRY  AND  USE  BIBLE  CHRONOLOGY  FOR  HOW  LONG  MANKIND  HAS  BEEN  ON  EARTH.  THERE  ARE  FAR  TOO  MANY  PROBLEMS  IN  SO  TRYING  TO  DO..... A  GOOD  REASON  WHY  PAUL  TOLD  TITUS  TO  STAY  AWAY  FROM  GENEALOGIES,  THAT  ONLY  PRODUCE  STIVE  AND  VANITY.  THE  INDIANS  OF  NORTH  AMERICA  HAVE  A  HISTORY  THAT  GOES  BACK  10,000  YEARS.  AND  FURTHER  GOD  IS  NOT  WORKING  ON  A  7  THOUSAND  YEAR  TIME  PLAN,  AS  SOME  TEACH.  IF  USHER  WAS  CORRECT  THAT  ADAM  WAS  CREATED  4,004  B.C.  THEN  WE  HAVE  PASSED  THE  6,000  YEAR  MARK,  AND  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  TO  COME  HAS  NOT  COME  -  Keith Hunt