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The Earliest Pioneers

“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9).

The Genesis record makes it abundantly plain that the Noahic Deluge was a worldwide cataclysm which destroyed the entire antediluvian human population except those on Noah’s Ark. From these, the Bible says, “was the whole earth overspread” (Genesis 9:19). At first, the entire post-Flood human population wanted to remain in Babel, rejecting God’s command to fill the earth (Genesis 9:1). Therefore, God forced them to scatter abroad by confusing their languages, thus requiring each family to fend for itself, wherever its members could find (and defend) a suitable homeland.

These emigrants thus went out into a truly “new world,” exploring its continents and sailing its oceans—some settling in productive regions where they could develop great civilizations (e.g., Egypt, China), others continuing to wander until they finally reached the remotest regions of Earth.

Today archaeologists are beginning to understand the tremendous abilities and contributions of these primeval explorers and builders. In South Africa and Siberia, Peru and the Pacific Islands, the Americas and the Arctic, ancient sites are being excavated and are yielding amazing artifacts of complex cultures.

Evolutionary prejudices have kept these facts unrecognized for evolutionists like to imagine that ancient men were ape-like savages living in gross ignorance. Some of their degenerate progeny may have come to fit such a description, but the earliest people, immediate descendants of the great patriarch Noah, were great explorers, navigators, agriculturists, husbandmen, and builders, and the modern world is greatly indebted to them for much of its comforts. HMM

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