Genealogy

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

Genealogies: The Abused Lists Of The Bible

God did not put genealogies in the Bible so that we can calculate the age of the Earth. If God thought it important for us to know the Earth’s age He would have told us in unambiguous terms. So, if they aren’t there so that we can ascertain the various ages of time, what is the purpose of genealogies such as the one in Genesis 5? 

Lacking any clear cut statements in the Bible about the Earth’s age, numerous Bible students have sought to use the genealogies to discover the age of the world. Perhaps the most famous attempt was made by James Ussher in the 17th century. Ussher assumed that there are no gaps in the Bible’s genealogies and that an unbroken line of family generations are recorded from Adam all the way to Jesus. 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genealogy, Genesis