Birthplace: The Garden of Eden
Best known as: The world's first man, according to the Bible
According to the Bible, Adam was the first human being on Earth and the father of all humanity. In the book of Genesis (1:26), Adam is created by God on the sixth day of creation, in God's own image, and given dominion over all the animals of the world. God then gives Adam a female partner, Eve. Eve feeds Adam fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, after which an angry God expels them from the Garden of Eden. In Christian theology, Adam's failure to obey God is known as the Original Sin. Adam fathered three sons by Eve: Cain, Abel and Seth.
Extra credit: In Hebrew legend, Adam had an earlier wife named Lilith, who argued with Adam, disappeared, and was replaced by Eve... The fruit of the Tree of Knowledge often is depicted as an apple, but that is not explicitly stated in the Bible... In cartoons and other drawings, Adam and Eve are usually shown wearing fig leaves; Genesis 3:7 states that Adam and Eve "sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves"... Adam is the subject of a famous palindrome: "Madam, I'm Adam" (or "Madam, in Eden, I'm Adam").
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