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Age of Adam


When did Adam and Eve live? The Bible gives some parameters but leaves the question open. Three different lines of scientific evidence (albeit imprecise) help provide an answer. First, the oldest archeological evidence of humanity (tools, religious artifacts, etc.) dates back around 80,000 years ago. Second scientists have found fossilized human remains with ages in the 100,000-year range. Third, genetic dating using molecular clock analysis of mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosome Adam yield dates between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago. The consistency of these three independent lines of evidence instills some confidence that Adam and Eve lived somewhere between 50,000 and 150,000 years ago. This date fits within the Biblical framework and strongly argues for a recent origin of humanity.

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  • RTB 101: Historical Adam

    September 16, 2013

    The Genesis 1 narrative begins with the creation of the universe and culminates with God's special creation of Adam and Eve. Historic Christianity holds that Adam and Eve were the first two humans, uniquely made in God's image, and that all humanity has descended from them.

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  • When Did Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosomal Adam Live?

    April 4, 2013

    Using mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosomal DNA to characterize genetic variability of people around the world, recent studies suggest that humanity’s origin was much earlier than thought.

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