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Adam: biblical figure, the first man

The name Adam is considered to be a generic term for “man” and for red soil. The name was first mentioned in Genesis 2:19 KJV. However, the Bible already mentioned God creating “man” (Genesis 1:26 KJV ) “And God said , Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”, and God forming a man on (Genesis 2:7 KJV), “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground…”.

Throughout Genesis 2-3, Adam was often referred as “man”; (Genesis 2:22 ) “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man”, (Genesis 3:12 KJV) “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat”, (Genesis 3:24 KJV) “So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”.

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Adam, the First Man

Adam is the first man created by God Himself. (Genesis 1:26 KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” The Lord molded a man from the dust and gave him the breath of life, thus he became a living body with a soul (Genesis 2:7 KJV ). God then placed “man” in the Garden of Eden wherein he was commissioned to name and post authority to all living creatures. As for the Biblical timeline, this marks the beginning of mankind at 4004 BC according to Bishop Ussher’s chronology found in the King James Bible.

Adam, the First Husband

Adam needed help to rule over the creations as the Lord commissioned him, and God noticed that. In Genesis 2:21-23, God placed Adam into a deep sleep, took a rib from the “man’s” body, and from it, God created woman.

In Genesis chapter 3, after sinner before God – when the woman was tempted by the serpent to eat from the forbidden fruit, “Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20 KJV). After the incident, God drove Adam and Eve out from the Garden of Eden.

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Adam, the First Biological Father

In Genesis chapter 4, Eve gave birth to Cain, Abel and Seth. Thus, making Adam the first biological father in the Bible. Adam and Eve only had two sons at the beginning – Cain and Abel, a tiller of the ground and a keeper of the sheep respectively. Due to jealousy, Cain slew Abel and was cast out.

Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when he had Eve conceive Seth. Seth was born to replace Abel, who Cain slew. (Genesis 4:25-26 KJV) “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”

Death of Adam

Adam was nine hundred and thirty years old when he finally rested (Genesis 5:3-4 KJV). He lived to see Lamech father of Noah and the 8th generation of his descendants born.

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11 thoughts on “Adam: biblical figure, the first man

  1. Wow, where have you been all my life. Fascinating.

  2. Learning something new everyday

  3. I’m quite interested in establishing a timeline for the Garden of Eden. For instance: How long was Adam in the Garden before the Lord made Eve? And how long before God expelled them? In other words, when did The fall take place?

  4. How do you get the 4004 years? I want to read it myself

    1. Deana for more details on how this particular timeline is put together please see our about page at Thank you!

  5. How did the world populate from just two people?

    1. Scripture says that Adam and Eve had several, perhaps many, children. These in turn had many children. The planet had not yet been polluted and corrupted. Further, some believe that there was some sort of “canopy” surrounding the planet, which protected it and its inhabitants from the effects of sunlight. Further, they lived several hundred years and there is no reason to assume that they were only productive for 30 or so years, like we are.

  6. Why do you use Wikipedia as your reference?

    1. In this case, I believe the image is used from there. The other information references verses in the Bible.

  7. Was Lyleth Adams first wife? Unsure about the spelling.

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