Page Of Notes for the Adam To Noah Bible History.
James Ussher dates the day of creation to the evening of the 22nd of October on the Julian calendar which was the 1st Sunday [Oct. 23] after the autumnal equinox for that year. Most historians use the Julian dates for times Before Christ. The 22nd of October in the Julian calendar would correspond to Sept. 20th in the Gregorian calendar which we use today.
When was Eve created? The Bible doesn’t specifically say, but the indication are that it was the same day as Adam. God had finished his creative work by the end of the 6th day [Gen. 2:1-3]. Some object by saying that Adam had to name all the animals first so it must have taken a long time before Eve was created. This overlooks the fact that there were probably comparatively few “kinds” of animals and birds from which we have a vast variety today. Plus, Adam was using 100% of an intellect uncontaminated with sin. He was without a doubt, other than Jesus, the most intelligent person to ever walk the earth. This was not a difficult or time-consuming task for him. See Eve on Life Building Biblical Women.
The vital subject of Covenants can be studies in our Covenants course. You will find each covenant specifically marked along with its workbooks; however, to get the most of the course, you should start at the beginning and work your way through the entire course.
When did The Fall happen? We don’t know for sure, but it is likely to have been on Day 7. This is indicated by the fact that Adam apparently did not name his wife until after The Fall which means they would have been newly introduced. It also appears that they did not have sex before The Fall, which for a perfect husband and wife would be unlikely unless it was a very short time. To have the greatest change of success, Satan would have needed to strike before Adam and Eve became established in their relationship with God and each other. Day 8 is the day of resurrection and new life. It fits symbolically [although it is subjective] that after falling into sin on Day 7, they would be brought to new hope with the Adamic Covenant on Day 8. It also became Christ’s day of resurrection and bringing new life. “It is very probable that Adam was turned out of paradise the same day that he was brought into it.” Ussher pg. 18 Also see The Temptation Of Eve.
Date of Abel’s murder unknown, but probably sometime 20 years after the Fall and 9 months before Seth was born.
“Since man had been on the earth for a hundred and twenty-eight years and Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters, the number of people on the earth at the time of this murder could have been as many as several hundred thousand.” Editor of Ussher pg. 18
The Bible mentions that the earth was divided during the lifetime of Peleg [1 Chr. 1:19]. It is not clear exactly what this is referring to. Many thought that perhaps the continents divided at this time. This now seems very unlikely. It is much more probable that it is referring the the division of the nationsas a result of the division of languages at the Tower of Babel. Gen. 11:1-9
“This man was called Adam, which in the Hebrew tongue signifies ‘one that is red, because he was formed out of red earth, compounded together; for of that kind is virgin and true earth...Now a woman is called in the Hebrew tongue ‘Issa;’ but the name of this woman was Eve, which signifies ‘the mother of all living.’” Josephus, Antiquities pg 25
And when Cain had travelled over many countries, he, with his wife, built a city, named Nod...and there he settled; where also he had children. However, he did not accept...his punishment and reform, but increased his wickedness. He only aimed to get everything for his own bodily pleasure even though it hurt his neighbours. He increased his possessions by plunder and violence...and became a great leader of men in wicked ways. He also introduced a change in the ways men had lived by introducing measures and weights... He was the first one to set boundaries around lands. He built a city, fortified it with walls and compelled his family to come into it. He called the city Enoch after his eldest son...the posterity of Cain became exceedingly wicked, each one becoming more wicked the the previous ones. They were intolerable in war, violent in robberies, and bold in acting unjustly and doing injury for gain. Josephus, Antiquities pg. 27
Lamech had 72 children by two wives - Jabel was a shepherd, Jubal invented the psaltery and the harp, Tubal was famous in war and invented the making of brass.
“Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God [i.e. to stay in one place and build the tower]. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers !
"Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water.
"When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them divers languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion." Josephus, pg. 30