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Old 03-16-2014, 09:13 PM
 
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In Jewish tradition, Jews are descended from the patriarchs. However, I am not sure what Jews have to say about this exact subject in regards to archaeology and genetics. If they are descended from the patriarchs, does that mean that there really was a man named Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, or does that mean the patriarchs are the metaphor for the origins of the Jewish people, even though the earliest Jews may never be known for certain? Likewise, do Jews believe that Adam and Eve existed as REAL human beings, or is that just a traditional narrative meant to tell a lesson?
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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All real people. Actually lived.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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Depends what Jew you ask.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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Depends what Jew you ask.
I'm a Torah Jew. My mesorah (Jewish tradition) goes back 3300 years in an unbroken chain to Mount Sinai. I can trace my lineage to the Graw (the Vilna Goan) who could trace his lineage back to Mount Sinai.

Ask any Jew you want. But if they tell you Avraham Aveinu and Adam ha rishon were not real people, then they are not speaking for Judaism.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:53 PM
 
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I am shocked.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:58 PM
 
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I am shocked.
About what?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:19 PM
 
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About what?
That Jews believe there really was a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. Or the fact that there are different types of Jews.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:58 PM
 
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That Jews believe there really was a man named Adam and a woman named Eve.
So what did you think Jews believed? The book is our book.

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Or the fact that there are different types of Jews.
There's only one type of Jew--a Jew.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:05 AM
 
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That Jews believe there really was a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. Or the fact that there are different types of Jews.
Are you familiar with a religion called Christianity? Or possibly Islam?
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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Are you familiar with a religion called Christianity? Or possibly Islam?
Yes, but I'm also aware some Christians don't take Adam and Eve so literally, considering population genetics.
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