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Historical Genesis: from Adam to Abraham Paperback – January 28, 2008
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Perhaps the most novel claim of the book is that Adam, although a real historical figure, was not the father of the entire human race. Rather, he was only the first Semite (or, more properly, "Adamite"), the first human to have a covenant relationship with God, and the first federal representative of humanity, whose fall and subsequent guilt have been imputed to the rest of us. Fischer believes that this view of Adam is necessary, given both the biblical evidence that places Adam in a Neolithic context (about 6,000 years ago), and the scientific evidence that traces the origins of modern humans back 50,000 years. I was surprised to learn that the Bible never explicitly affirms that all humans have descended from Adam and Eve, and in fact it may even implicitly deny such a claim (e.g., who was Cain afraid would kill him after he murdered Abel?). But where the Bible is ambiguous, later Christian confessions (especially the Westminster Confession) leave no room for doubt. Even if Fischer's theory is compatible with Scripture, it is clearly incompatible with later Christian teaching. This might not be a problem if you don't believe that creeds and confessions must be infallible.
The book does have its weak points. Firstly, Fischer should have taken more time to explain how the pre-Adamite theory affects the doctrine of original sin.Read more ›
Here, Fischer explains that Adam was not the first human, but the first Semitic man; the first prophet if you will. Fischer says: Yes, Adam was a real man who lived about 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, and yes, the Bible does hint that there were other people around at the time.
Cain kills Abel and is afraid that anybody who meets him will kill him. Hey wait a minute - anybody WHO? (If he and his parents are the only people around, why would he say this?) He flees, marries a woman (from where?) and builds a city (for who?).
Fischer weaves his extensive knowledge of the Ancient Near East, Sumerian and Akadian literature to integrate history with Biblical narrative in a way that's refreshingly different from anything you've seen before. Fisher suggests that the traditions of English translation have significantly erred due to long-standing wrong assumptions about humanity, which the original author of Genesis did not intend to communicate.
I do not have sufficient expertise to critique the fine details of his analysis. But I would suggest that with this book it's possible to integrate modern genetics, anthropology and science into a historical understanding of Genesis that is admirably coherent. You may need to revise your understanding of original sin to more resemble what the Jews have always taught (hint: It's a greatly over-rated issue).Read more ›
Fischer is certainly not the first person to aver that the early chapters of Genesis are literally true, but his interpretation is based on a nuanced retranslation of significant terms in the original texts. Even as he argues that the story related in Genesis chapters 2 through 11 is literally true, his interpretation of that "truth" includes some fairly controversial "facts." His Adam and Eve lived in and were expelled from Eden, but they were not the first human beings on the face of the earth; he rejects the notion of a global flood, arguing instead for a local flood that devastated the area of Mesopotamia only; and his view of the chaos wrought under the facade of the Tower of Babel does not include the disbursement of languages across the globe.Read more ›
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