Could anyone recommend to me some resources that discuss or incorporate recent data on human prehistory and how that may map to or correspond with the Genesis accounts?
My interest in these topics has recently been revived, and I’m curious about how a lot of observed data may fit together, particularly from around 70,000 years ago and onward, but some points of interest 200,000 years ago and further back. I’m thinking of things such as:
*]Existence of different human culture groups in different parts of the world dated far in the past
*]The “Great Leap Forward” hypothesis (a.k.a., “Out of Africa”) that shows behavioral modernity ~70,000 years ago spreading from a central point
*]Evidence of human activities that might indicate powers of the soul–rational thought, self-awareness, spirituality in things such as burial customs, cave paintings, language
*]Co-existence of different human subspecies until relatively recently (classifications being somewhat arbitrary, these may reflect different tribes or peoples in the Genesis account)
*]Evidence (or lack thereof) of catastrophic events at various points in time, such as the Toba supereruption (74,000ya) and the last glacial period and end thereof–with accompanying floods from rising seawater and drainage of great inland lakes, etc.
I know the years can be an issue for some people, and that’s open for discussion. But the observed data themselves are there and thus are of interest, whatever they indicate (whether they are attributed to incorrect times or not).
What I find interesting is that while science is still developing pretty rapidly in these areas with a lot of changes to best fit the data, it is still indicating some interesting things. For example, when God breathed a human soul into Adam, we would expect to see, from his descendants, the emergence of evidence of the powers of the soul–like complex language, culture, religion, etc. And there seems to be a lot of evidence of things like this–just Google the “Great Leap Forward” hypothesis.
There also seems to be evidence for varying “tribes” of people arising, perhaps even explaining the line of Cain, potential other peoples for the Children of Adam to marry, the Nephelim/Giants, etc.
So I’m curious to see what’s out there as for a synthesis or interesting parallels drawn between the Genesis account and observed data of human pre-history.
Any references for me?