Prehistoric Adam?

Hello friends! I was studying the book of Genesis the other day and stumbled across something rather interesting. In the first book of the Bible, we learn how God created the world. We learn of his magnificent power. There is nothing he cannot do!

In a small amount of time, God created light, seasons, time, and every crawling thing on the face of this earth. After which in Genesis 1:27-28, it says, And God created the man in his own image; in the image of God, he created him. He created them male and female. And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over birds of the heavens, and over all living things creeping on the earth. 

But then it goes on to tell us in chapter two that God had no man to till the earth so from dust he created Adam. And that friend is where I became confused and pondered the question, β€œwho is the man God created in his image before Adam?”

Like every other research scholar, I took to google to answer my question. According to some, the above verse is referring to the possibility that God created the Gentiles before he created Adam and Eve. However, we know this cannot be true because Genesis 2:5 says God had not created anyone to till the ground before creating Adam.

According to an article published by Columbia.edu the bible speaks of Adam and Eve twice in the book of Genesis. The first time they are mentioned in the above scripture Genesis 1:27-18, but they are not mentioned by name. Adam is mentioned again in Genesis 2:5 but in more detail. Then it goes on to tell of Eve in Genesis 2:21-25.

This makes sense to me friends, but I am no bible scholar, just a curious mind desiring to know the things of God. If there is anyone who can explain this further, please do not hesitate to do so. We his children thirst after his knowledge and it is such a wonderful thing to yarn for. Be blessed and be encouraged. Our reward will be great in the end!

Weever, Jacqueline. Columbia.edu. Adam1. Garland Publishing. 1988,1996.

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