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If Adam and Eve were the first people on earth...

And only had two boys, where did the rest of the people come from? Cain had to have had sex with his mother right? So really, we're all related. How are we not deformed?

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Asked by sarapurser at 4:27 PM on Jun. 21, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • It does not say that the two boys were Adam and Eve's only children. ...

    Answer by outstandingLove at 4:30 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Only Adam and Eve's first three children are mentioned by name in the Bible. It does say "and they had sons and daughters." Jewish tradition holds that they could have had as many as 50 children or even more. Some speculate that the human body was much different then than it is today and was more easily capable of multiple birth.

    In addition, we cannot place the taboos that our society has against incest on a time and culture that is not our own.

    Since Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, disease and defect (results of sin damaging a perfect world) had not yet begun to take effect. Incest did not yeild defects at the beginning of humankind. Incest was a way of populating the earth and it was not until much later that the Isrealites outlawed incest to avoid defects (among other reasons I'm sure).


    Answer by NovemberLove at 4:35 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Although we all are of the human race which decended from Adam and Eve (which may or may not have been two people or representitive of a group of men and women), we are all so distantly related nowadays, thousands (or hundreds of thousands or millions) of years later, that one human reproducing with another human won't necessarily cause a defect because the relation is so drastically far apart. It's when there are more chromosomes in common between two people (very CLOSE) relatives, in current times, that causes defects.

    We not only decended from Adam and Eve but Noah, his wife, their three sons and three daughters-in-law too. Interestingly enough, a story of a "Great flood" is in almost every ancient society.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 4:40 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Adam and EVE had many more where does it say Cain and Able where their only two. A little study on this would tell you that.

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 5:52 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • I forget where I read this, but the record for number of live births is held by a Russian woman who had 63 children!!! I believe most of them were twins or triplets. It makes me wonder if Eve didn't have many multiples! Also her children (oldest to youngest) could have been seperated in age by at least 30 years. Marriage to a sibling wasn't necessary. They could have married nieces or nephews too! I guess at first they would have to be with a sibling.

    Answer by micheledo at 6:19 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Adam and Eve and their children were much closer to perfection than any of us today. They were perfect humans up until they got booted out of Eden. That explains why we're not "deformed".

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:12 PM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • Also remember it was custom to only record male births.

    Answer by teamquinn at 12:12 AM on Jun. 22, 2009

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