Fake Family Trees? How An American President’s Family Sheds Light On A Biblical Puzzle

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Does Genesis present us with a fake family tree for Moses? Not everyone accepts that only four generations elapsed between the Patriarchs arriving in Egypt and their descendants leaving under the leadership of Moses. Those who do not accept a short stay in Egypt contend that Moses’s genealogy is telescoped.

What is a “telescoped genealogy?” A genealogy is telescoped when some names are intentionally left out so as to highlight certain important people in a family tree. Matthew does this with Jesus’s genealogy in order to group Jesus’s ancestors into blocks of fourteen generations (Mt 1:1-17). We know Matthew left out some names because we can compare his genealogy of Jesus with Old Testament genealogies of Jesus’s ancestors.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genealogy, Genesis