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.
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.