Adam and Eve

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The first parents of the human race, whose story is told in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. There is no doubt that until the nineteenth century Adam and Eve were held to be historical figures, but with the discovery of the great age of the earth and of human civilization many modern Jews have tended either to read the story as a myth expressing important ideas about the human condition in non-historical form or to identify Adam with prehistoric man in general.

Subjects: Religion — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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