A Man Named Adam
Scientific research continues to demonstrate that man has been around considerably longer than the Bible would have us believe. Other religions or cultures, such as Buddhism or the Mayan culture, also reflect a very long evolutionary period for man, millions if not billions of years. So where does that leave us with respect to the Bible which says that Adam and Eve were supposedly created circa 4000BC?
The options, I believe, are fourfold as follows:
- The Bible is a combination of mythology and oral tradition;
- The bible is totally made up;
- The Bible is based on real events with an incorrect timetable; or
- The Bible is based on real events that have been largely misunderstood or misinterpreted.
However, the key to understanding the Bible, is the Sumerians. Who did I say? Why, I said the Sumerians of course. Amazingly, the Sumerians appeared out of nowhere as a fully-formed civilization in about 4000BC, more or less the same timeframe as for the creation of Adam. They were the first advanced civilization on the planet (that we know of) and they were even more advanced in some respects than Greek civilization which came some 3,000 years later. Yet, the Sumerians are rarely mentioned in history books with respect to their impact on civilizations that followed, especially as to to their religion and their gods. Why, you say? Well, because it would be considered politically incorrect to confront the world with this information. Of course, the last thing that I’ve ever been accused of is being politically correct.
Records of the Sumerian civilization, first discovered in the 19th century, abound today in places like the Louvre, the British Museum and Yale University. Their creation story (Enuma Elish) and the Epic of Gilgamesh were written long before the Genesis story and scholars have recognized the close parallels between the Genesis and Sumerian accounts. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, Gilgamesh goes in search of the Tree of Life and is foiled by a serpent who steals eternity from him.
But, here’s where it gets really interesting. You see Abraham, the patriarch of the Israelites, was a Sumerian. As the Bible says, Abraham came from the city of Ur, which was part of Sumer in those days; and Abraham wasn’t just any average Sumerian – he was from the royal family line that descended from Noah less than twelve generations earlier. So the Israelites earliest spiritual roots were actually in Sumer since the Israelites were, in fact, descendants of the Sumerians. Sure, the Bible chronology only goes back to the time of the Sumerians because written records did not exist prior to that time. So the Israelites did the next best thing and traced their roots back to their forefathers. It was only natural then that the Israelites would have viewed the Sumerians, the greatest civilization ever in their eyes, as the starting point for defining their culture and their religion.
Sumerian records actually refer back to a time far back in prehistory, a time of myths and legends – a time when perhaps the first man (maybe even one named Adam) was created. As for the four options above, it could have been any of them or a combination thereof. It only matters if you’re trying to make some sense out of the god of the Old Testament. So I ask you, does it really matter if the god of Genesis was in reality the god of the Sumerians?