Adam as Archetype
In the next several propositions, Walton sets the stage for proving that Adam is an archetype, meaning that all mankind is embodied in the one and counted as having participated in the acts of that one. He means to show how while Adam and Eve, though historical people, were not necessarily the first humans, the only humans, or the “universal ancestors of all human beings (biologically/genetically)” (Walton 103). Walton does believe in Adam as a historical person because of his place in the genealogies, but Walton argues that Adam was one of many. In fact, he states that Adam could’ve been created in Genesis 1 with the rest of mankind, and Genesis 2 is simply the ordaining of Adam as a priest-like leader for mankind in the Garden of Eden.
Walton, John H. The Lost World of Adam and Eve. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015. Print.