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According to my understanding of the Bible, the world was empty of humans before Adam and Eve.

Does it mean that their offspring had to procreate among themselves in order to populate the earth?

Why is Leviticus 18:6-18 in contradiction with what was natural at that time, which is to procreate within the same blood?

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    Take into consideration that Adam & Eve had near-perfect bodies after being cast out of the garden. Fast forward about 2500 years, now human bodies have degraded to the point that it needed to be prohibited. – agarza Feb 9 at 18:12
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Does it mean that their offspring had to procreate among themselves in order to populate the earth?

Yes, a brother married his sister. Etc.

Why is Leviticus 18:6-18 in contradiction with what was natural at that time, which is to procreate within the same blood?

Leviticus happened thousands of years later. Different times, different laws.

There is even a recording of procreation from incest before Leviticus.

Genesis 19:36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

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    Forthright and sensible. Up-voted +1. There is not a shred of doubt this will be asked again . . . . and again . . . . and again . . . . . – Nigel J Feb 9 at 19:03
  • I don't know if this is a reasonable claim. But think, it is mentioned on the Bible that Adam and Eve were the first humans but it is not mentioned that they were the only humans on Earth. – lee Feb 10 at 16:58
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Genesis gives us two descriptions of creating man. This is the first:

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;

So God created man and woman, release them to the world, and told them to procreate. The second description is the story of Adam and Eve - they were put in Eden and there was no mention about procreation. Only after eating the forbidden fruit, God is talking about the pain of giving birth:

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; > in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."

Base on these descriptions Adam and Eve may not be the first human creatures on earth. Their children could procreate with descendants of people from the first creation.

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    Most discussions on the two accounts of creation that I have heard or participated in have concluded that the two accounts are parallel accounts (viewing the matter from two different aspects) of the same creation. Your conclusion has irreconcilable discrepancies from the gospel, not the least of which is that it disagrees with all of Paul's teaching concerning Adam, sin, death and the death of Christ. – Nigel J Feb 9 at 19:00

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