For the past couple of weeks we have examined some of the problems using biblical genealogies to calculate a date for creation. A careful review of the stories of Noah, Abraham, and Moses– along with other scriptures–demonstrates that the Hebrew word yālad has a much more complex meaning than its common translation as “begat.” This provides strong evidence for gaps in the Genesis genealogies and makes calculating an accurate timeline for creation a futile task. For more insight into the study of genealogies in the Bible, see the resources below.
- “The Genesis Genealogies” by Dr. John Millam
- “Are There Gaps in the Biblical Genealogies?” by William Henry Green
Hugh Henry, PhD
Dr. Hugh Henry received his PhD in Physics from the University of Virginia in 1971, retired after 26 years at Varian Medical Systems, and currently serves as a lecturer in physics at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY.
Daniel J. Dyke, MDiv, MTh
Mr. Daniel J. Dyke received his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary 1981 and currently serves as professor of Old Testament at Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, OH.