The Adam Gene
Science and the Hebrew Calendar
Literature and human literacy, extending back to our species' very first writings, are surprisingly young, dating back less than 6,000 years. That is, while people made cave paintings and the like, there was NO writing - no alphabets, no cuneiform markings, no hieroglyphics, etc.- until less than 60 centuries ago.
Recently, in two "very well-conceived studies," University of Chicago scientists discovered that a gene that plays a crucial role in giving mankind human intelligence first came on the scene surprisingly recently in human history.
As best as they can estimate, they believe it first occurred approximately 5,800 years ago -58 centuries ago.
[September 9, 2005. Scientists discover a "brain-building gene" in human beings and calculate that it "arose about 5,800 years ago." This just reported today in two "very well-done" University of Chicago-sponsored studies appearing in the journal Science, and then in The New York Times (p. A-14) and other newspapers.]
Contrary to certain Biblical fundamentalists, or people who like to mock and ridicule the Bible, the Bible does NOT claim that the universe came into being fewer than 6,000 years ago. Rather, the Bible makes the claim, which was ridiculed by supposed "wise heads" going back to the Bronze Age, that God created the whole universe ex nihilo (in Hebrew, yesh mi ayin), out of nothingness, suddenly, several billion years ago.
As we now know, the later discovery of what was then mockingly called "the Big Bang," by radio astronomers back in 1949, confirmed that claim. Contrary to all the "wise heads," the Bible was right all along!
The ancient Hebrew calendar - which has been said to be the most accurate calendar in the world, in terms of keeping time precisely - is the oldest calendar in continual use. It's the religious calendar of the Jewish people. Once again, contrary to the claims of certain Biblical "fundamentalists," or of people who like to mock and ridicule the Bible, it does NOT start with the Creation of the Universe. Rather, its starting date - the "head of the year," Rosh HaShana, "the first day of the seventh month" (Numbers 29:1) - is the first birthday of the first true, genuinely human beings, called (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:17; 4:1) Adam and Eve.
What separates Adam and Eve, the first true human beings, from all their pro-human predecessors, is that Adam and Eve came into the world with the innate potential capacity to read and write.
Two points need clarifying here:
1) a) Scientists believe this new gene mutation has something to do with symbol or signal-processesing: that is, with the capacity to write and read; and b) if people today don't possess this particular gene mutation, they possess an analogue of it, which, presumbably, arose about the same time and accomplishes the same result: that is, giving people the capacity to write and read; and
2) It's the scientists themselves that labeled this gene mutation "the Adam gene."
As for this particular piece (which has been written by a direct descendant of Eve and Adam and is being read, hopefully, by some of their other direct descendants) is being published in the secular year 2018 or, according to the Jewish or Hebrew calendar, in 5778 - 5,778 years from the birth of the first true humans, our legendary common ancestors.
Speaking of the Common Era calendar - the AD or CE calendar - this year is, as noted, 2018. The CE calendar begins with the anniversary of the circumcision - in Hebrew, the b'rit milah - of the baby Jesus, Yeshu ben Yosef, on January 1st.
Many Christian religious calendars refer to January 1st as "The Anniversary (or Feast) of the Circumcision of the Lord."
Counting according to the Hebrew method of reckoning religious-calendar days, beginning with the advent of the evening, January 1st is eight days after December 25th.
By Michael Dallen