[asa] RE: [asa] Believing Scripture but Playing by Science's Rules

From: Dick Fischer <dickfischer@verizon.net>
Date: Mon Feb 12 2007 - 17:03:26 EST

Hi Terry, you wrote:


>>I am also convinced that scripture teaches a special creation of

Adam and Eve (perhaps not necessarily their bodies). On the

surface (and well under the surface) those two views are at odds

with each other. I've struggled over the years with you all and with

the churches that I've been associated with to find a suitable solution

that satisfies both. I've yet to hear of one (sorry to both Glenn and

Dick--you've yet to convince me).


I can't say enough here with this limited space to win everybody over.
I honestly think the book due out in August will persuade most of those
who read it. Keep in mind that I had to wade through volumes of
information and select what I thought was pertinent and interesting.
Based upon the total amount of evidence, a historical Adam at about
7,000 years ago in southern Mesopotamia (in a fishing village called
Eridu) is highly likely.


One factor I haven't stressed before can be found in naming patterns.
Look around the world today and you can see patterns according to
countries and nationalities. Who wouldn't be able to guess where
persons with names such as these are likely from: Ivan, Angus, Shlomo,
Ian, Abdul, Lars, Pedro, etc. Names persist within cultures due simply
to the fact that their forefathers bore those names - nothing mysterious
about that.


From Genesis 10:11 we learn that Asshur founded Nineveh. Assyria takes
its name from Asshur. Many of the Assyrian kings have Asshur in their
names, Puzar-Assur, Ashurnasirpal, Ashurbanipal, all named in honor of
their famous forefather.


When I visited the University of Pennsylvania and spoke with Ake Sjoberg
some 12 years ago he mentioned that a popular name among the Akkadians
was "Adamu." Lists of the buried guests at various cemeteries often
included that name. I have found one king and one governor from two
different and geographically separated Semitic branches named Adamu, one
from the Assyrian king list, and one from the Canaanite city of Ebla.


One step further, when Akkadian words are carried into Hebrew, the
nominative "u" is dropped. Thus Akkadian ilu for god becomes El in
Hebrew - meaning, God. And in dropping the "u" in Akkadian, Adamu
becomes the Hebrew, "Adam."


Need more convincing?


Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association

Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

www.genesisproclaimed.org <http://www.genesisproclaimed.org/>


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