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1This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.

Notice that in Genesis 5:1, Moses says, “and them Man (adam)” Adam is Hebrew for man or mankind. This means that adam is being used to describe the species, not the first human male.

Also, Moses develops his narration of God’s redemptive plan generationally (the Hebrew word is “toledoth”) down to the time of Jacob and his family. There are 10 such “generations” listed in Genesis.