Usually in these “Is Genesis accurate” discussions, we sink into Genesis 1 and 2 (the creation story) And Genesis 6 and 7 (the flood story)
But… surround chapters make claims that are just as problematic to fit in with studies of history (just not as dramatic and interesting.) So… today I thought I’d bring up Genesis 5 (the genealogy of Adam to Noah) and Genesis 11 (the genealogy of Noah to Abraham).
And I also wanted to bring up… Cheddar man!
Cheddar man is a skeleton found, near Cheddar, England, in 1903. It has proven to be the oldest intact skeleton found in the UK. Estimates are that it dates back to 9100 BCE, the Mesolithic era (after forests had returned to Europe)
So… Cheddar man exists. But, obviously, if we accept the account of Genesis as true… the skeleton can’t possibly be that old. Why? Because if you work backwards from the approximate time we believe Abraham existed (And the Abraham story references places that are real places that we can conduct archaeology in) we get a “year 0” of approximately 4000 BCE, and great flood happening in approximately 2,350 BCE.
So… if we accept Genesis as a reliable history, perhaps vague: but not inaccurate, or wrong… when did Cheddar man live? It can’t be “before Adam and year 0.”
Did Cheddar Man live before, or after, the Great Flood? What evidence supports your conjecture?
Should the specific year volumes given in Genesis 5, 11, and similar genealogical entries in Genesis be considered as accurate and valid claims?