Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, writes the following regarding the historical view of Adam:
1. Genesis portrays the creation of Adam as an historical event.
2. Biblical genealogies present Adam as the father of other historical persons. Genesis 5 is not myth, but historical record. 2 Chronicles 1 follows Adam to Abraham, to David, and to the exile. Luke 3 traces the lineage of Jesus back to Adam. This latter is particularly crucial. Luke 3 is nonsense if Adam is not historical.