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Biblical genealogy is the biblical record from Adam to Jesus, and specifies the age of each man (from Adam to Jacob) in this lineage at the time he had his first son. Using this detailed Biblical chronology from the beginning of creation, Bible scholars have been able to calculate the age of the earth.
Biblical Genealogical Records
The men listed in the line from Adam to Noah are known as the Patriarchs. This portion of the genealogy is provided in Genesis 5. The descendents of Noah's 3 sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) are known as the Table of Nations. This genealogical record is provided in Genesis 10.
Adam to Abraham
We will start by defining the year of the creation of the world as AM 1 (Anno Mundi or year of the world) within the Biblical framework we are using to calculate the dates given and the calculation used to define them.
|Name (KJ version)||Name (NIV version)||Date of Birth||Age Upon 1st Son||Age at Death||Years Lived||References|
|Adam||Adam||1||130||930||1 - 931||Genesis 5:3-5 (NIV)|
|Seth||Seth||131||105||912||131-1043||Genesis 5:6-8 (NIV)|
|Enos||Enosh||236||90||905||236-1141||Genesis 5:9-11 (NIV)|
|Cainan||Kenan||326||70||910||326-1236||Genesis 5:12-14 (NIV)|
|Mahalaleel||Mahalalel||396||65||895||396-1291||Genesis 5:15-17 (NIV)|
|Jared||Jared||461||162||962||461-1423||Genesis 5:18-20 (NIV)|
|Enoch||Enoch||623||65||365||623-988||Genesis 5:21-24 (NIV)|
|Methuselah||Methuselah||688||187||969||688-1657||Genesis 5:25-27 (NIV)|
|Lamech||Lamech||875||182||777||875-1652||Genesis 5:28-31 (NIV)|
|Noah||Noah||1057||500||950||1057-2007||Genesis 6:8-9:29 (NIV)|
|Shem||Shem||1559||100||600||1559-2159||Genesis 11:10 (NIV)|
|Arphaxad||Arphaxad||1659||35||438||1659-2097||Genesis 11:10-13 (NIV)|
|Salah||Shelah||1694||30||433||1694-2127||Genesis 11:12-15 (NIV)|
|Eber||Eber||1724||34||464||1724-2188||Genesis 11:14-17 (NIV)|
|Peleg||Peleg||1758||30||239||1758-1997||Genesis 11:16-19 (NIV)|
|Reu||Reu||1788||32||239||1788-2027||Genesis 11:18-21 (NIV)|
|Serug||Serug||1820||30||230||1820-2050||Genesis 11:20-23 (NIV)|
|Nahor||Nahor||1850||29||148||1850-1998||Genesis 11:22-25 (NIV)|
|Terah||Terah||1879||70||205||1879-2084||Genesis 11:24-32 (NIV)|
|Abram/Abraham||Abram/Abraham||2009||100||175||2009-2184||Genesis 12:1-25:10 (NIV)|
Abraham's birth year is taken from The Annals of the World. James Ussher assumed that he was 75 years old when he left Haran and further assumed that he waited there until after his father's death. But he might not have, in which case he was born up to 60 years earlier.
Further genealogical information
- Ruth 4:18-22 (Perez to King David)
- I_Chronicles 1-3 (Adam to Abraham, and from Abraham to King David and Solomon)
- Matthew 1:1-16 (Abraham to Joseph, the legal father of Jesus)
- Luke 3:23-38 (Jesus to Adam through Mary)
- Jude 14 (mentions Enoch as the 7th generation from Adam as per the genealogies in Genesis so there are no missing generations in the Genesis genealogy)
- Main Article: Biblical chronology
The Biblical genealogy provides the basis for the chronology of events described in the Bible. Due to the precision and detail of the genealogical record, the chronological record is accurate from the first day of creation to the death of Terah. From Abraham to Jesus, however, the Bible's dates are in dispute.
- James Ussher by Larry Pierce. Creation 20(2):42–43. March 1998.
- Comparative Biblical Genealogies
- Biblical Genealogy Old and New Testament by http://www.SpiritRestoration.org
- Bible Relationship Genealogy by SpiritRestoration
- Biblical Genealogical Diagrams by Jim Belote