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Were there people before Adam?

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Here's where we combine the six Insights to get an informed biblical answer

Old Testament clues

Nowhere does the Old Testament specifically say that Adam was the first human being. It is silent about people before Adam except for some clues in the first four chapters of Genesis:

  • The Bible says that 'for Adam, no suitable helper was found,' so God created Eve, which might imply that there were other people then existing
  • God's words to Adam assume that Adam already knew about human sexuality and death
  • When Adam's first-born son (Cain) murdered Adam's second-born son (Abel), they already had specialized knowledge of agriculture and husbandry, probably acquired knowledge from generations of farmers and ranchers outside of the Garden
  • When God pronounced punishment for the murder (banishment to be a wanderer), Cain pleaded with God to protect him from people in other regions who might kill him
  • Cain went to another region and married a wife
  • Cain became a builder in a distant city

New Testament silence

Nowhere does the New Testament specifically say that Adam was the first human being.

Neither Jesus nor the Apostles (except Paul) even mention Adam's name. Paul briefly mentions him in I Corinthians 15 and Romans 5 but does not specifically say that he was the first human being, only that he was the first sinner.

When the Bible is silent, we are free to follow historical and scientific evidence wherever it leads.

Archaeology

Archaeologists have unearthed many cities that are much older than Adam. By the time of Adam, some cities already had thousands of inhabitants. The archaeological finds yield not only objects but also rich history and timelines.

Human fossils

There are now many scientific methods for testing age. Confidence is gained when different methods (chemical, radiological, stratigraphical, dendrochronological, DNA, etc.) all converge in the same age range. Human fossils (homo sapiens) have been found which date to thousands of years before AdamThe DNA of hundreds of ancient human skeletons have been sequenced and analyzed, and migration patterns plotted to show beyond doubt that people were traversing the earth prior to 4000 BC (before Adam).

DNA and migrations

The DNA of hundreds of ancient human skeletons have been sequenced and analyzed, and migration patterns plotted to show beyond doubt that people were traversing the earth prior to 4000 BC (before Adam).

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PEOPLE BEFORE ADAM

Were there people before Adam?

FOUR INSIGHTS
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Insight 1: Bible credibility
INSIGHT 1

Why it matters

The real issue here is whether or not the Bible is a credible book of truth. People conclude that if the Bible is wrong about our origin, it's probably wrong about our destiny too. This is a big barrier to faith.
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Insight 2: yō·wm is Hebrew word for Bible creation day
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Read Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 as two stories

Adam (’ā·ḏām) in Genesis 1 means 'human.' Adam (hā·’ā·ḏām) in Genesis 2 is a person's name. There may have been a very long period of time between the stories.
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Insight 3: What God created in each 'day'
INSIGHT 3

What the Bible actually says

Most people just believe what tradition teaches and have never carefully read Genesis chapters 1-4 for themselves. See for yourself all the verses in the Bible which refer to people before Adam.
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INSIGHT 4

What Americans believe about human origin

For 38 years, Gallup Polls have been tracking peoples' beliefs about the beginning of human life on earth. See the poll findings. Most regular church attenders believe that 'God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.'
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INSIGHT 5

The time of Adam

Bible genealogies show that Adam lived about 6,000 (maybe 10,000) years ago. See what life was like at that time. Archaeology and DNA show that humans have been on earth for 40,000 years or more.
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Here's where we combine five Insights to get an informed biblical answer: Were there people before Adam?

The insights here are like pieces of a puzzle. Put the pieces together and see the big picture! Now you'll be prepared to engage intelligently with anyone on the subject of people before Adam.
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Fully embrace this information. By the Spirit I have been convinced before reading this. Any serious thinker who is honest and observant will become agnostic in trying to remain with the ultra conservative ideas of literal six day creation. What a beautiful creation was being made by a glorious intelligent designer!
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When are more topics coming?
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Enjoyed the read. I am a believer.
You have developed material that is vitally needed for reaching the newer generations.
Please let me know if it is available in a hardcover or paperback book.
I don’t think Adam was the first human on earth. I am 72 in age. Most people my age and older do not have this perception. But from my bible study I believe this Genesis points to others.
Very good and educational, explaining how it all connects and coincides with the Bible’s account.
Not bad, I'll have to check the Hebrew to double-triple check, for this kind of study the KJ is almost useless.
I wish to save this
False teaching. Repent
This is utter nonsense in my opinion
I want more information and I want bible study
Amazing! I have been studying this subject and drafting a book for about 5 years. I discovered your web site today. In those 5 years, I have come to many of the same concepts as you. Good job folks.
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You’re freaking idiots led by Satan! Change the Bible, go to hell! Hope you enjoy it!
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
Thank you
Please pray for me as I ponder the input you've provided online.
I am 75 years old. I was raised as a Roman Catholic. I have studied religions all of my life. I have so many problems with the Bible starting with Genesis. I agree with your assessment that Adam wasn't the first human on earth. The more that I learn, the less I believe in the bible and religion as a salvation. But I shall continue researching.
I have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
I recently discovered your bible studies website and I just want to thank you for your initiative in establishing this study resource.
What you have said makes so much sense to me. I would love to read more of what you think.
Dumbest thing I've ever read!
Scientists make mistakes, and when the scientists' beliefs don't match the Bible then God's word, the Bible, is right, and the scientists are wrong.
Fascinating and deightfully clear!
Death and suffering had not taken place until the original sin, so no one was before Adam.
By observing ruins etc firsthand, my personal opinion is that man existed before Adam. Adam was the first God breathed His Spirit into.
I have believed for many years what you have written here, but who among my friends and fellow-Christians will believe me? I stand alone. It took almost two hundred years before the church—or church members—believed that the earth was not the center of the universe. Will it take that long before Christians will believe that Adam and Eve were not the first humans created?
I am excited to have found this site when I was seeking the truth about Bible timelines. I have been forced to justify my beliefs by a pastor who has a very fundamental belief in God's seven days of creation.
This is the best information a believer can get. Where can I donate. Big Bang is consistent to the Bible, great news. Let’s ge smart about religion. Saying the Bible is wrong has helped millions become non believers. This news can reinforce the beliefs in those who strive to believe but need a more firm and also scientific reasoning for the existence of a God. Great web site!
Great explanation of something I've wondered about.
The information that I read was very informative.
I love the premise of this site and its focus on engaging the modern doubter or unbeliever, and can't wait to see the new material that is planned.
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I absolutly loved this! My daughter is a high school science teacher, and we are both christians. We had our own ideas of what scriptures say, and what actual physical science says. This brought ALOT to light! Thank you.
Very,very informative! Thank you
You have answered so many questions for me! Thank you!
Humans were around a lot longer the 4000 bc. Thats not even as old as Sumer the first proven civilization. Evidence strongly supports that civilization may have existed long before Sumer.
Mainstream science is wrong about almost everything.
Pure sophistry for the purpose of setting aside the claims of God upon us.
Right!
The big bang is a theory. God is a fact.
I find your explanation very compelling and appreciate that we do need to answer questions of unbelievers, there needs to be effort in this direction. So I thank you for your efforts
Wrong all wrong
Thanks for the analysis
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I can't wait to share this article with my grandson.
Thank you for this! I have had many conversations about science and Christianity. I am not very smart but now I am a little smarter.
Don't know, don't need to know. It'll all be revealed by & by.
I like your site. Good to see others believe as I do.
I am eagerly awaiting more topics.
Interesting and thought provoking.
You should just go away. You are preaching heresy.
I appreciate this study.
Does the bible really say humans will burn forever in hell or is it really more like thrown in the fire and destroyed? Ps I already know the answer!
Your are wrong
Your site is great for discussions and other questions about the bible. I hope that it continues.
It’s too bad that the Christian community cannot allow for mistranslation of both an ancient language and understanding of that language.
Amen. Thank you.
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
I stumbled on your website recently, and was impressed by the scope of it and the balance evident in it.
Thank you for your wonderful website. I have linked to it from my own. I'm looking forward to your expanding list of subjects.
I agree there had to have been other people before Adam. The sons had children, with whom? Certainly not with their own mother or the gene pool would have died out.
Wonderful subject thank you I want more Bible studies
This is awesome, very detailed information and totally makes sense, thanks for sharing!
Brilliant
Yes to have a intelligence conversation is of most importance.
Beautifully done and very reasonable. I’ve been struggling with the contradictions in the Bible and science for years. I believe that there is a God but I wasn’t always sure if the Bible Was Gods word or man made. Thank you! Makes so much sense!
I'm preparing to teach my first Religious Instruction lesson for the year in a public Australian school tomorrow and we'll launch straight in to the creation story from the Bible. So thank you!! I feel confident now to answer any questions the kids might raise.
Of course. If Adam and Eve were the only humans and had children, who did the children copulate with? If it was each other, then everyone would have mental defects. The Adam & Eve story is just the beginning of the Old Testament.
Interesting and thought provoking, following a line of thinking that has interested me for years. To question traditional interpretation doesn't detract from the validity and power of scripture but reinforces it. Jesus was rejected by the religious experts of His day because He didn't fit the traditional interpreting of scripture. We still have much to learn.
Came across this site and it's fantastic and so relevant.
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
Not sure what to think of this bible study. If nothing else it compels you to really dig deep and think,read and pray for understanding which I think is a good thing.
I'm a pastor in NE Ohio. Good stuff!!
These explanations make real sense.
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
About time!
This is wonderful. Would like to read more.
With this pandemic going on, I have many of these conversations with myself.
Loved it. Been saying it for years but nobody listened.
So interesting. Thanks for sharing. Keep them coming. Enjoy reading them so much.
This is from the devil. The Bible says Satan is a liar and the creater of it. This is a lie created by Satan to deceive people. Adam was the first man and the first sinner. His sin is what started death.
Have always believed in this way ,read and ask for understanding and it will be given to you.
This is a very interesting read and I'm going to be reading it again. 
I appreciate your efforts at presenting the Bible as an accurate portrayal of what science has found to be true.
Love the study
Bwahahahahaha!!! Religion, please go away and die.
Found this to be very helpful. Answered my questions.
Very interesting
This is fascinating! I stumbled across this site and have been questioning what I was taught. This is an answer to prayer!
The reason the doctrine of original sin arose, was that Augustine couldn't read Greek and there was an inadequacy at certain points in the Latin translation, resulting in a misunderstanding.
All bad things on the face of the earth are connected to sin , by one mans sin we were all condemned.
FInally someone uses their brain instead of emotions to explain what I have thought and tried to say for sooo long. Thank you!
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