The Evolution of Man: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Yale Chapter of the Sigma XI during the Academic Year 1921-1922

The Evolution of Man: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Yale Chapter of the Sigma XI during the Academic Year 1921-1922

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The Evolution of Man: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Yale Chapter of the Sigma XI during the Academic Year 1921-1922

The Evolution of Man: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Yale Chapter of the Sigma XI during the Academic Year 1921-1922

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RICHARD SWANN LULL PROFESSOR OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, YALE UNIVERSITY

THE Mosaic account of the creation, which has been and is yet of wide acceptance, would give us a very recent date for man's advent on this planet. The strictest interpretation of this account is that of Doctor John Lightfoot, a profound Biblical scholar, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University in 1654, who is often quoted because of the exactness of his findings. As a result of careful searching of the Scripture, Doctor Lightfoot was led to declare that "Heaven and earth, centre and circumference were made in the same instance of time, and clouds full of water, and man was created by the Trinity on the 26th of October 4004 B. C. at 9 o'clock in the morning."

One questions, however, not the Scriptural account but the exactness of its interpretation. The researches of oriental scholars are bringing more and more into evidence the historical truth of the Old Testament narratives, and are establishing from other lines of evidence the historical character of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the other Hebrew patriarchs, but they are also tracing back into a more and more remote period the history of the Near Eastern peoples, as the result of the extensive excavations, with their treasure trove, which are being carried forward in these venerable abiding places of mankind.

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