Adam as the First
Man of Civilisation
Thank you so much
for sharing with me your thoughts about Adam. (see
article, page 67 The Scribe No. 74)
Your ideas make
a coherent and convincing story that accords reasonably well
with the scientific evidence. If I understood you correctly,
it all started about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last
Ice Age, when men migrated from Africa to Aden.
In Aden, they
first started to cultivate wild wheat, to herd animals and
to live in settlements. This marked a distinct surge in cultural
and technological progress that culminated in the building
of cities and the invention of writing about 5,000 years ago.
When water became
too scarce in Aden to support the growing population, men
migrated up the two opposing coasts of the Arabian peninsula.
This accords with old traditions picked up by the pre-Islamic
Looking back to
the heroic age, early men called its leader Adam, and gave
him the title of the first man. This was echoed by the Torah
when it describes God as breathing the breath of life, or
a soul, into Adam.
I hope that is
a fair summary.
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