Can Genesis Explain 200,000 Years of Homo Sapiens




Question: Homo sapiens have been on the planet for maybe as long as 200,000 years. Is Genesis able to explain that?             

Answer: In Genesis chapter 1 God called humankind "Adam" reminding them, and us, that we originally came from the "land" the same as all the other creatures. "Adamah" is Hebrew for "ground", so there is some word-play involved. Man named the animals but God named man.

The word "Human" is in the same category as the word "Adam", it reminds us of the ground. "Humus" is dark, organic material that forms in soil. "Humility" means down-to-earth. "Exhume" which means to dig something out of the earth.

In the early Proto-Indo-European language the word “ghomon” means “earthling” or “earthly being,” if you look at the word "ghomon" we can see "human" in there as well as "homo". Latin uses "homo" from where we get "hominis" or “man”. We see it in homicide, meaning to kill a human. In French "man" is homme and in Spanish it's hombre.

We are from the genus Homo. We are Homo sapiens. Homo, reminding us of the "ground" or "earth" and sapien, meaning "sapient" or "wise".

Genesis tells us there came a point when the creatures from the ground became homo sapient - from the ground yet with the image of God upon us.

We didn't get lowered to the earth by angels, the gods didn't make us from wood and we are not made of snips and snails, and puppy dogs' tails. Genesis gets the biological details correct, and we still have the same name to prove it.

Paul