The Search for the Historical Adam

The Search for the Historical Adam

Did Adam and Eve really exist? Here’s why it matters.
Single Session Bible Study


Christians have an undeserved black eye as anti-science bumpkins. It is a reputation that has stuck, despite our best efforts in the classroom, the lab, and the media.

Today, the scientific challenge to faith comes not so much from evolution and the fossil record—though the constantly evolving theory continues to spark much debate, in and out of the church. The new challenge, instead, comes from studies of the human genome. These studies, according to the Christianity Today article by Richard Ostling, seem to cast doubt on the existence of a literal Adam and Eve. While a full discussion of these theories and the evidence they purport to be supported by is beyond the scope of this Bible study, this is a good place to examine anew what the Bible says about Adam and Eve—and why it matters.

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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26–28; 2:7, 20b-23; Luke 3:23–38; Acts 17:22–31; Romans 5:12–19; 1 Corinthians 15:20–23


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God created Adam and Eve in his image.

Teaching point two: God's Word presents Adam as no less a historical figure than Jesus.

Teaching point three: God's creation of Adam is a key component of our evangelism.

Teaching point four: Adam and Christ are linked in our salvation.

Teaching point five: Adam and Christ are linked in our resurrection.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources


•"The Search for the Historical Adam," by Richard Ostling (2011)

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