Gary T. Mayer is a retired Christian engineer. He has a BS degree from Grove City College, an MDiv degree from Trinity International University, and an online ThD from North Central Theological Seminary. Also linguistics classes taken at UND at Grand Forks and at UTA have assisted him in studies.
New Evidence for Two Human Origins
Mayer authored a book in 2007 (republished in 2009, 2015, and 2020, to be released very soon) titled New Evidence for Two Human Origins: Discoveries That Reconcile The Bible and Science. This book looks at how to understand Adam and Eve alongside Evolution.
The subject of human origins is a topic that not only feeds our curiosity; it also offers to be a topic that can bring us greater meaning to our lives. It has been assumed by many scientists and biblical scholars that the human race emerged from a single nucleus. Could this have been a wrong assumption? New evidence has come to light indicating that Adam and Eve's descendants married into an existing race. Where did this existing race come from? When and where did these two races merge? This book provides a thesis which answers all these questions and, in so doing, harmonizes the teaching of the Bible and the true teachings of science.
Contributions and Distinctives
Mayer's contributions are mainly in the area of biblical exegesis from the original Hebrew and Greek texts. Certain contributions below, however, combine biblical exegesis and mathematics to reveal the combining of two human creations into one current human race. (The following is a work-in-progress.)
1. You can show from a mathematical analysis of the life spans found in the biblical genealogies that the descendants of Adam and Eve married into an existing human race!
2. Genesis 2:4 must refer to the material preceding it; it simply cannot refer to chapter 2 due to Hebrew rules of syntax as they relate to the Hebrew conjunction waw.
3. These rules of syntax for the waw conjunction also show that the Genesis 2:5 moves the narrative on to a subsequent creation account.
4. Translations that render toledoth by “generations” in Genesis 2:4 are in error. It should be translated “descendants.”
5. Much help in interpreting the OT can be gleaned from gaining the understanding that God the name the part of a whole the same name as the whole.
6. Genesis 5:1-2 is greatly misunderstood. It is telling us that God named Adam and Eve and their descendants by the term man, and that he did it at the time of the creation of Adam and Eve.
7. Genesis 6:1-8 are also greatly misunderstood, but it can be interpreted quite easily if a few key words are properly defined, and if the thought of the author is followed step-by-step through the narrative.
8. The Bible no where asserts that Adam was the first man. This can be understood if we take a good look at the context of various passages. Romans 5:12 does not teach that humans did not sin before Adam. An understanding of Paul’s use of the Greek article will reveal this.
9. We must appreciate the observation that the Greek preposition ek is never used to refer to an ancestor further back than a parent of the offspring.
10. [More to come]