Anyone who has read the Bible from cover to cover will agree, or should realize that it is a well documented Jewish history book. It explains the story of “the first man” Adam and follow it all the way to Jesus. It’s quite phenomenal actually. This is how the timeline goes.
Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methusaleh, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Arphaxad, Cainan, Sala, Eber, Peleg, Ragau, Saruch, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Phares, Esrom, Aram, Aminadab, Naasson, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David, Solomon, Roboam, Abia, Asa, Josaphat, Joram, Ozias, Joatham, Achaz, Ezekias, Manasses, Amon, Josias, Jechonias, Salathiel, Zorobabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Sadoc, Achim, Eliud, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob, Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary who gave birth to Jesus.
My only issue with that timeline is, at what point in time do we get the different races of people to branch off and come into existence? African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, Native American… As distinct and diverse we are as a people, It’s really become hard for me to swallow that we all came from Adam.
A few things I’ve scrutinized really leads me to believe that we were not. Again, it’s a Jewish timeline, so it accounts for only Jewish. So where are the rest of the people? This is what I’ve come up with.
Everybody knows the story of Cain & Abel. If, you don’t already know, they are the 2 sons of Adam & Eve. So, let’s do the math. If Adam and Eve are the only two people on earth and they have two sons, there should only be 4 people living on earth. Right? Well, apparently not.
Out of rage and Jealousy, Cain kills his brother Abel and tries to hide it from God. Silly boy, you can’t hide anything from God. So, let’s go biblical now. I’m going to copy and paste a passage directly from Genesis chapter 4. Disclaimer: These are not my words.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
I’m no genius, but if there’s only 4 people living on the earth, why is he worried that anybody is going to kill him? He get’s banished for murder, but winds up finding a wife and having children. I’ve heard the Nephilims theory, but that just doesn’t sit well with me. Because he eventually had a family. Nephlilms supposedly were fallen Angels or giants who inhabited the world then. They were depicted as these huge rock-like monsters in the 2014 film Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Why are they not around now? Someone didn’t edit chapter 4 properly.
The other thing is that, some of these other cultures I’ve mentioned above have rich cultures that dates back to the time of Moses and beyond. The Asians, much like the Jews are well documented as well. The Hindu Indians in, particular. Their religion (Hinduism), Yoga, and Ayurveda is a 5,000-year old Indian culture healing system. That makes it older than the Great Flood of Noah’s time, which dates back roughly 4,365 years ago. They are never mentioned in the bible. So what do we really know?