I would say the 1st two bullet points are of the same. It used created from dust because dust mean mortal. Created from dust, and dust we return to. I don’t think we ever had or lost immortality. Why would there be a tree of life if we were immortal, why would an immortal need such a tree?
But I think that is really cool to find out there were so many accounts of this with Adam. I think #1 is the best explanation, just like the flood. Everyone knew it happened, the Bible isn’t trying to convince anyone of this fact, they all knew there was a flood. The Bible has the authority from God when it tells of this story though, because we can see Jesus through it in the redemptive power of God in it.
I think the fall of mankind was possibly spread by word of mouth, like it was made known to man. That was what made us image bearers. We were homo sapiens, who had the mental capacity to understand this, and God revealed to us this mission by word to Adam. Adam and Eve were the first to sin and reject God. You can only reject something you know. And as Adam’s story spread, so did the knowledge of God, and man to reject Him, by trying to attain favor with God via their own strength. It wasn’t like the internet now, but word of mouth spreads fairly fast. Fast enough for Adam’s understanding of creation (not how God’s created us materially, but why God created us) to be known by most if not all man.
So I would lean towards a mixture of explanation 1 and 2. With a possible 3, though I think most of them if not all, were wiped out in the flood.
But I am not quite as educated as you. I find that really cool to learn. I always thought the creation account was only know by the Bible. It is really neat to know that many parts of the world knew this story, though many had different interpretations of it.
I don’t think all mankind was instantly screwed when Adam sinned. I think that Adam was aware of God, and rejected Him or tried to possibly please God of his own strength, which was sin. And anyone told of this could also now sin. And awareness of God and our mission/blessing was spread through language. So there are those who had great cognitive ability like humans (but were still homo sapiens), never knew God, and couldn’t reject God or sin, until they could, like the thousands of homo sapiens before them.
I know this can lead to a slippery slope to call those who haven’t heard of God homo sapiens and not humans… But that is to say, if you God hasn’t been made known to you, you are not an image bearer, then no, I don’t think you are human. So can we treat them as less than human? Which must quickly be met with , Absolutely not, or may it never be. Our mission is to share the gospel of God with everyone, so everyone can know God and glorify Him as an image bearer of him. An animal can never become an image bearer, it is ok to not value their lives. That is not to say that we shouldn’t be good stewards or animal or the plants. But to say that humans are valued much higher than animals, we are image bearers, and if you meat a ‘homo sapien’ they are a potential human waiting to know and glorify (or hopefully not, reject) God, and it is our duty to tell them, and ‘humanize them’. I know @Christy has warned of that slippery slope, and I don’t think I am going there.
That is how it makes sense to me, I hope not to offend or think I have the right to dehumanize anyone or say someone is worth less than a human (other than an animal) But that is just how I understand it, with probably using improper terminology.
I think I kind of aligns with @aleo and his original blessing. Animals and homo sapiens were destined to follow their biology, but their actions (good or bad) were not sins. But humans were given a conscience and could use logic to help them to do good things with tier logic. And when humans were given knowledge of God (the original blessing) and to be image bearers, they were able to avoid sin only through the help of God. But man wanted to use their own logic and strength to please God and live good, and they failed. The law or our conscience will always be violated of our own strength, it is only through God that we can live for God and glorify Him and be His true image bearers.
I think all humans are born sinless, until they sin. Born with the potential to know God and be His image bearer, or know God, and reject him. Like a child can be born into a masonry family, and be born with the potential to not be a mason, or to be one, but isn’t either until they can be. I don’t know at what age or cognitive ability is required to understand or know God, that is up to God. But I don’t believe you can reject something you can’t understand.
I hope I didn’t butcher that too much and confuse and spread heresy. I am still learning…this is just what has made sense to me and matches the scriptures best I can if one were to ask or ponder these interesting, yet extremely insignificant ideas in the scheme of things.