During a theological seminar last week, I engaged in a heated discussion with my fellow Christians about our biblical roots. I discovered that some genetic discoveries challenge the authenticity of our descent from Adam and Eve. Knowing that we descended from Adam and Eve from childhood, it was hard to believe any contrary belief. So, did we descend from Adam and Eve? If we did, how did Adam and Eve populate the earth?”
The Bible suggests that Adam and Eve populated the earth through their sons and daughters. In Genesis 4:1–2, Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel. Cain had a son named Enoch, who continued his lineage. Adam and Eve also had a son named Seth, who had more sons and daughters. Genesis 5 suggests that Adam and Eve had more sons and daughters, who went on to populate the earth.
Keep reading this article to learn everything you need to know about the descent of mankind from Adam and Eve. We will learn how many kids Adam and Eve had, how they populated the earth, and whether the world was populated through incest.
The Bible suggests that Adam and Eve were the first people to be created by God. According to Genesis 1:26–28, God created mankind in his own image and instructed them to be fruitful and fill the earth. After God banished Adam and Eve from Eden for disobeying him, they gave birth to their first two sons, Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1–2).
After Cain killed his brother, Abel, the Bible goes on to say that Cain got together with his wife, and she bore him a son called Enoch (Genesis 4:17). Enoch was the father to Irad, who was the father to Mehujael, who was the father to Mehushael, and so on (Genesis 4:18). Also, Adam and Eve gave birth to another son named Seth, who had a son called Enosh (Genesis 4:25–26). Genesis 5 suggests that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters, who also had more sons and daughters. These biblical accounts show how mankind started with Adam and Eve.
Although the Bible does not specify the exact number of kids that Adam and Eve had, Bible scholars suggest that they likely had more than fifty children. The Bible directly mentions their three sons: Cain (Genesis 4:1), Abel (Genesis 4:2), and Seth (Genesis 4:25). After Seth’s birth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he fathered other sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4). Given their long lifespans and God’s instructions for them to be fruitful and fill the earth, Bible scholars estimate that they had many sons and daughters. Also, Jewish tradition suggests that Adam and Eve had 33 sons and 23 daughters.
Several theologians agree that humanity descended from Adam and Eve because they were the first people to be created by God. In Genesis 2:7–23, God formed Adam from dust and breathed into him the breath of life. At this point, the Bible suggests that Adam was the only human, and God decided to make him a suitable helper by creating Eve from one of his ribs. 1 Corinthians 15:45 refers to Adam as the first man, and Genesis 3:20 implies that Eve is the mother of all humanity. Adam and Eve had sons and daughters, who procreated and gave birth to more sons and daughters (Genesis 5). Some Bible scholars argue that humanity could not have descended from only two people and that pre-Adamic people existed before Adam and Eve. However, other scholars refute this argument because it has no biblical support.
Since the Bible implies that all of humanity descends from Adam and Eve, theologians suggest that incest was unavoidable during the early population of the earth. During that time, incest was not considered a sin, and Adam’s sons and daughters intermarried to fill the earth. Also, the human race was still pure, and there were no genetic defects among the offspring. During the Mosaic times, however, God forbade incest among the Israelites because it was practiced by the wicked (Leviticus 18:6–17).
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