me, i look at the bible account as pertaining to a particular offshoot of humans, which came about fom the efforts of an alien scientist-creator in
his experiment/project 'Genesis".
This all took place some 6,000 years ago, in a secured bio-sphere 'Garden' called 'Eden'.
in the meanwhile, humans....and others including some with neanderthal traits were still evolving, But outside of the Garden.
over the course of time, the world has come under the delusion that
the Biblical Tribal God-Creator, created all humankind instead of just the line of man that over time became known as Hebrews and then continues to
this day with the Jews...
any of the other surviving tribes descending from the Adamic line have lost their identity/history+ but not their genetic/DNA link
with that premis in mind, then Adams first 'wife' (who was never created) is explained...along with 'wives' that ?magically? sprang up for Adams
the seeming speed of technological achievements(pyramids),
population explosions which created the need for cities to be built, etc etc
the rapid rise of farming, food production, aqua-culture,
all those things blossomed in the short 'Patriarch Age',
which (according to scripture) began with Adam+Eve, 2 persons,
till Noah when hundreds of pagan and gentile civilizations were terminated
my view is that most everybody is trying to push a square peg into a round hole
[edit on 2-2-2007 by St Udio]