When you think of lumberjacks, do you think of these strong rugged men who chop down trees for a living? Now days, many lumberjacks use power saws and heavy equipment to cut down trees to be used for lumber.
Have you ever wondered who the first lumberjack was?
According to a new study by Dr. Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, the first lumberjacks lived about 10,000 to 6,000 years ago. Evolutionists refer to this period as the Neolithic Age or the last part of the Stone Age. They believe they were farmers who evolved from hunters that used stone axes to cut down trees for shelters and to clear land to be used for farming.
Dr. Barkai explains:
Intensive woodworking and tree-felling was a phenomenon that only appeared with the onset of the major changes in human life, including the transition to agriculture and permanent villages.
Dr. Barkai believes that they have found evidence in stone tools to indicate that Stone Age people developed wood working skills earlier than previously believed. With their new skills as lumberjacks and carpenters, they began to build wooden houses and other shelters which eventually led to cities and towns.
But how does his scenario of the first lumberjacks compare to what the Bible says?
The first hint of woodworking skills, which would have required someone to cut down trees is found in Genesis 4 where it talks about Cain’s offspring. In verse 17, we read that Cain built a city that he named after his son Enoch. It doesn’t tell us how or what materials Cain used to build the city. He could have used stones and bricks or even woven cloths and skins to make tents, but it is difficult to build an entire city without using wood for tent poles or to hold up and cover the roofs of stone buildings.
However, in case there is any doubt or question about Cain’s use of lumber to build his city, later on in verse 20 we read about Jabal who lived in tents (again needing some kind of wooden poles to hold the tent up). Then in verse 21 we read about Jubal who was the father of all who played the lyre and pipe or flute. The flute or pipe could have been made from bone or animal horn, but lyres are a stringed instrument made with a wooden frame. The wood used to make a lyre would have to have been from a tree that was cut down and then worked with tools to cut, form and shape it into the proper form.
If there is still any doubt about the first use of wood, just turn the page in your Bible to Genesis 6 where Noah and his three sons spent nearly 60 years building the Ark from gopher wood.
We have to realize that Adam was no primitive idiot. God made him in His own image which means that besides having a spirit and soul, Adam also was a very smart. He knew everything he needed to know to survive from the very beginning. After being thrown out of the Garden of Eden, Adam knew how to work the ground and teach his sons to farm and shepherd flocks. Although we can’t say for certain, it is quite likely that Adam also knew how to cut down trees and work the wood to build a shelter for his family and make other useful items. He mostly likely used wood to make faming tools to help dig and till the ground which he taught to his first son Cain.
Biblically speaking, Adam was most likely the first lumberjack and he lived only 6,000 years ago. His first son Cain probably used wooden tools to help him farm and also used wood to help him build a city. His descendants used wood to help make tents and musical instruments. The ultimate lumberjacks in the Bible would have been Noah and his three sons as they would have had to cut down and work hundreds, if not thousands of trees to build the Ark.
They may have used some stone tools to help work the wood, but they also may have used metal tools since Cain’s descendent Tubal-cain used bronze and iron to make instruments. That meant that he would have learned how to mine, and process various metals in order to have the knowledge of how to make bronze and fashion iron into musical instruments.
We can learn so much about our earliest ancestors when we start with God’s Word like the Bereans always did. Learn to read the Scriptures carefully to look for clues like working with wood, building cities, farming and making instruments of metal and wood. The Bible contains a lot more information than most people realize, if only they would learn to look for it.
Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?, Science Daily, Aug. 9, 2012.
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