Saturday, August 29, 2015

Adam According to Mesopotamian Tradition

An interesting presentation by Dick Fischer at the annual American Scientific Affiliation conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma in July 2015. He makes an argument for Adam as an historical figure living in Mesopotamia.

I agree that historical Adam is the progenitor of biblical peoples who dispersed widely in the ancient world. I doubt that Adam lived in Mesopotamia, however. He was the progenitor of Abraham's Proto-Saharan cattle-herding ancestors who dispersed into Mesopotamia. Abraham is a descendant of the rulers Ham and Shem whose lines intermarried (endogamy). Abraham's father, Terah, was a priest with two wives: one in Haran and one in Ur.

A genealogical relationship exists between the Nilotic, Dravidian, Elamite and Sumerian languages. African languages were used by Henry Rawlinson to decipher the cuneiform script. Dravidian, Elamite, and Sumerian share features retained during a process of divergence from a common linguistic ancestor. The wedge or cuneiform script was used by the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Babylonians, the Elamites, the Assyrians, and the Horites, Hatti, and Hittites of Anatolia.

Scientific analysis of the Genesis king lists reveals a specific marriage and ascendancy pattern. This information is essential to recovery of the original cultural context of the material in Genesis.

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