Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Was Adam a real person?

Tremper Longman, an Old Testament professor at Westmont College, believes it to be "an open question as to whether or not Adam was a literal, historical figure, and that to 'insist' that Gen 1-2 conveys this is dependent on a 'very highly literalistic' reading." In other words, the Adam of Genesis 1-4 may very well be a symbol, or a representation, of a group of persons.

Well, not everyone believes that it doesn't matter if Adam was a real person or not, as James Anderson makes clear. Jeremy Pierce seeks further clarification on this matter.

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