Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 27, 2008

8. Age of the Earth—Genealogies

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Scripture is filled with chronological information, not only in the historical books of the Old Testament like Genesis, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, but also in the Prophets, Gospels, Acts, and Pauline Epistles.

God clearly thought chronology was important because He included so much of it in the Bible. Chronology anchors Scripture solidly in real-world history and underscores its authenticity.

This chronological material, especially the chronogenealogies in Genesis 5 & 11, provides data to calculate the age of the earth. Some casually dismiss these genealogies as unreliable due to alleged huge gaps. But the Bible is the Word of God. Therefore whenever Scripture speaks on a subject, it speaks accurately.

This accuracy includes statements on origins, the age of the earth, and numerous historical issues. Man must subordinate his thinking on these matters to clear Biblical teaching, regardless of whether such teaching agrees with currently prevailing thought.

A 6,000-year-old earth blows
Evolutionism out of the water.
This is the real reason for
the relentless attacks on
the Genesis genealogies.

So far in this series of blog posts on the age of the earth, I have discussed the issue’s importance and looked at what Jesus thought on the issue.

In the following posts I’ll analyze the Genesis 5 & 11 genealogies to explain the Biblical testimony that the earth is about 6,000 years old. I’m convinced the Genesis records give reliable chronological data for calculating earth’s age, and I’ll explain why.

I’ll demonstrate that Genesis provides an accurate record of the generations from Adam to Abraham. The tightly interlocked pattern of exact numbers and repeated names is unique to the Genesis genealogies and precludes the possibility of any gaps in the genealogies.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth.
Read the prequels:
1. How Old Is the Earth?
2. Why Is the Age of the Earth Important?
3. Earth: Young or Old?
4. Age of the Earth—Jesus’ View
5. Age of the Earth—Jesus Interpreted OT Literally
6. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus Say?
7. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus’ Contemporaries Think?

Read the sequel:
9. Age of the Earth—What Does Begat Mean?

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Friday June 27, 2008 A.D.

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
(Genesis 5:1-5)


  1. I have enjoyed your posts. Now you have Left me with a thought that is unanswerable….did Adam have a beard at first or did he have to grow it. I prefer to think he got the experience of growing it. Silly I guess but it makes Me feel closer to God when I contemplate the first people. Thank you from Snellville Georgia


    • Thanks for your comment and interesting question. I can’t answer with certainty of course, but I think he probably did have a beard at his creation on Day Six, just as he probably had a full head of hair and hair elsewhere on his body. God instructed Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” on Day Six (Genesis 1:27-28), so Adam was a mature adult at Creation. Thanks for reading; I hope the BibleScienceGuy posts continue to bless you.


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