RE: [asa] Interpretive Question for Polygenists

From: Jon Tandy <>
Date: Tue Oct 23 2007 - 19:00:51 EDT

I think it's the result of a bad translation. Acts 17:26 says, "He made
from one blood (haima) all nations of men..." Haima means blood or kindred,
not necessarily one individual man. This could certainly be true for either
a recent or ancient development of mankind.
Jon Tandy

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Subject: RE: [asa] Interpretive Question for Polygenists

Hi David, you wrote:


For those who accept or allow for a model in which Adam is the federal head
of a group of first humans, or some similar idea, how do you interpret
Paul's statement in Acts 17:26: "He made from one man every nation of
mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their
appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation..."?


I'm not sure I qualify to be a "polygenist" or not, I'd have to get at look
at Adam's tummy to be sure, but since I do advocate a model where Adam is
the federal head of the human race, I'll offer my comment. First of all,
Paul was in Athens speaking to Greeks who were Ionians - distant descendants
of Javan. Javan, a Japhethite, (Javana in Sanscrit) is credited with
founding the Greeks, sons of the Javanites referred to in Joel 3:8. In the
Iliad, Homer named Iawones (Hebrew Iawan) as the progenitor of the Ionians
known to the Hebrews as the Jevanim (Iewanim). Had Paul been speaking to
Romans I doubt he would have used these words to that group.


"Every nation" in Hebrew-speak can be taken as many nations. We have
numerous examples in Scripture where the writers used "all" and "every" just
as we would say "much," "many" or "some." The "one man" likely is Adam and
the nations are those who were descendants of Ham, Japheth and Shem. After
a period of reconstitution after the flood the individual tribes went out to
settle their apportioned lands. At the death of Noah in the days of Peleg
was the earth divided among them (Gen. 10:25), and off they went to settle
in their appointed lands as detailed in that same chapter of Genesis. These
boundaries of habitation were important because the cursed Canaanites took a
land not apportioned to them which Abraham had to take away. We know that
Paul is speaking of God's chosen race, not mankind in general, as he says in
the next verse, "That they should seek the Lord ."


If one wished to apply this verse to mankind in general, generic humanity,
who would that one man have been and what boundaries would Paul be talking
about? Certainly when man journeyed north out of Africa some 60,000 years
ago there were no boundaries, they covered the entire earth.


Dick Fischer

Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association

Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History



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