Next, God had Adam give names to "all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air" (Genesis ).The process would have required Adam naming tens of thousands of species (minimum).
Similarly, the key genealogical terms (such as "son" and "father") have much broader meanings in Hebrew than their corresponding English words.
The Hebrew word translated "son" can also have the meaning of "grandson," "great grandson," "descendant," etc.
Again, God was playing farmer by planting the garden and letting it grow (Genesis 2:9).
Adam was placed into the garden "to work it and take care of it" (Genesis ).
In reality, the Bible makes no claim as to the age of the earth, although it does establish a minimum age.
This page examines some of the history of the controversy—what the Bible actually says and does not say—and the scientific evidence surrounding the age of the earth.The first, and foremost, assumption is that the genealogies of Genesis are complete, from father to son throughout the entire course of human existence.The second assumption is that the Genesis creation "days" were exactly 24-hours in length. Although Archbishop Ussher assumed the Genesis genealogies were complete, it is clear from the rest of the Bible that those genealogies were telescoped (some names were left out for the sake of brevity), which is common in biblical genealogies but rare in modern genealogies.Plants spouted, grew to maturity, and produced seeds. However, the text clearly states that the (soulish) animals, including the wild animals (carnivores), cattle (herbivores) and "creeping things" (rodents? Then God created Adam, the first man (Genesis , 2:7).He placed the man into a special garden that He had planted (Genesis 2:8).We don't know how long Adam worked the garden before God gave him another assignment.However, it wouldn't have been much "work" if Adam was there for less than 24 hours.In fact, the original biblical languages contained many fewer words than modern English, which means that the words in those languages had more different meanings.In the Genesis 1 creation account, each "day" ends as "evening and morning 'n' day," where "n" is the day's number.Archbishop Ussher took the genealogies of Genesis, assuming they were complete, and calculated all the years to arrive at a date for the creation of the earth on Sunday, October 23, 4004 B. Of course, even assuming the method was valid, such an exact date is not possible from the genealogies of the Bible (Ussher assumed all the years the patriarchs lived were exactly 365.25 days long and that they all died the day before their next birthday).There are a number of other assumptions implicit in the calculation.