Historical Genesis

From Adam To Abraham

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Has Adam’s Altar been found?

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Dated by archaeologists to 4800 BC and irrigated by the Euphrates River, the ancient fishing village of Eridu was regarded as the “sacred city” by the Sumerians, the first city settled in southern Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq. Eridu was home to the legendary Adapa (or Adamu), the Akkadian equivalent of Adam of Genesis. In 1940-41, the Iraqi government undertook the excavation of Eridu. Seton Lloyd, who had been technical adviser for the Eridu archaeological expedition, published an article in a 1948 edition of The Illustrated London News. At the bottom of 16 levels of occupation on virgin soil a tiny altar was uncovered. These are Lloyd’s words:

There was a perfect little miniature shrine, about 4 metres square, already incorporating all the principal features of the later temples, such as an altar in a niche-recess, with a door facing it, and a central offering-table showing traces of burnt offerings.

Put in perspective, a the place where Adam is likely to have dwelled, at the time Adam would have lived there, a small shrine was found with traces of burnt offerings atop the altar. Is this the very place Adam and his immediate generations presented their sacrifices to God?