An attempt to harmonise an apparent earth-age discrepancy between scripture and science led to the so-called Gap or Pre-Adamic Civilisation Theory†. The Gap Theory proposes that the earth was perfect (Genesis 1:1) before the fall, of Ha Satan and his angels, brought chaos upon the earth — wherein the sons of angels went in unto daughters of men breeding giants (Nephilim). This required—so goes the theorem—of Elohym to re-create, at least restore, an inhabitable earth (Genesis 1:2).
The present earth had to be recreated after the chaos that ensued from the fallen angels.
It was this recreation (“restoration”) of the earth that took seven days (Gen 1:3 – 2:3).
These diagrams reflect this first stage of the earth — “the world that then was” (represented by the left-most larger circle labelled “Generation”, containing three smaller circles, in the image below):
Was there a pre-Adamic race of man?
The tree diagram here looks to suggest so.
Then there is the enigmatic Piri Reis, a Turkish map kept in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul dated to 1513. The oldest surviving map to show the Americas it, mysteriously, is said to show detail not available to 16th century Europe.
† Rather than dogmatic presupposition, we remain open to the things Elohym chooses to reveal. Walk the narrow path but keep an open mind, in tune with the Spirit. A prequel to the Adam and Eve epic, and a consequent “old earth” age, cannot be discounted. The jury is still out on that question. Remain equally sanguine with an old-earth age as the traditional young-earth interpretation of scripture. Regardless, the comings and goings of an earlier epic—if indeed one did exist—are not our immediate concern. They are what they were!
That Elohym created man is self-evident, self-referential. Man creates nothing without the inspiration—the whim, if you will—of Elohym. Eloheinu is Spirit and is to be worshiped in spirit. The quintessential earthly embodiment of the Spirit of the Father Yahuwah (YHWH) is His Son Yahuwshuwa (Prince of Peace, King of Kings), salvation of which is a gift from the former and accessible to any and all but only after a spiritual rebirth and inner turning to trace the path through the latter. Yahuwshuwa (Jesus), the name above all names.
*Images by Clarence Larkin are in the Public Domain
- Hebrew Voices #22: A Physicist on Creation, Evolution, and the Human Soul (Rebroadcast) – Nehemia’s Wall
- Essays Promoting Pre-Adamic Civilization Theory – The Neoconservative Christian Right, March 5, 2012
- The Piri Reis Map – University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Pieter Bruegel the Elder [Wikimedia Commons]