Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 21, 2008

13. Age of the Earth—Any Missing Generations?

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Do the Genesis 5 & 11 genealogies skip generations?

The motivation for postulating gaps in the Genesis chronogenealogies is to accommodate evolutionists’ belief that human life is 3 million years old. But this would mean the number of supposedly missing generations is enormous, and the gaps are huge.

Estimating a generation at 25 years, there should be 120,000 generations in 3 million years. The Genesis 5 & 11 chronogenealogies only list 20 generations. The average gap between the generations from Adam to Abraham would be well over 150,000 years!

If the time between the patriarchs in the Genesis genealogies averages over 150,000 years, and only 20 of 120,000 patriarchs are listed, what is the value of the genealogies? Would they have any meaning? Moreover, since most of the 20 listed patriarchs have no distinguishing information included, why mention them at all when the vast majority were (supposedly) completely omitted?

The truth is that there are no gaps in the Genesis chronogenealogies. They are an accurate record of the generations from Adam to Abraham spanning about 2,000 years. There are NO missing generations.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 13th in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth. I began with the Biblical testimony that the earth is 6,000 years old, because the evidence from nature should be interpreted and understood in the light of clear Biblical truth. The prequels considered the issue’s importance and what Jesus thought. Current posts are analyzing the Genesis genealogies. Future articles will survey the historic teaching of the church and discuss scientific evidence on the age of the earth, explaining fallacies of radiometric dating methods and giving examples of scientific methods which yield short ages.

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?
8. Age of the Earth—Genealogies
9. Age of the Earth—What Does Begat Mean?
10. Age of the Earth—Interlocking Genealogies
11. Age of the Earth—Any Gaps in Genealogies?
12. Age of the Earth—No Gaps in Genealogies

Read the sequel:
14. Age of the Earth—Scriptural Confirmation (Adam to Noah)

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Monday July 21, 2008 A.D.

And Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch. Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died. (Genesis 5:18-20 NASB)

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  1. There are a couple of disturbing errors in the claims in this post.
    First, there MUST be gaps in the genealogies, and this is easily proven directly from Scripture. When the genealogy you refer to in Genesis 10 is compared with it’s exact mirror image in Luke 3, it is immediately obvious that while Luke mentions Cainan the son of Arphaxad, the Genesis account skips Cainan’s generation. Therefore, to claim there are no gaps at all in the Genesis genealogies is a blatant inaccuracy.
    Secondly, modern science does not claim that modern humans are 3 million years old. This view comes from a faulty understanding of what a hominid is. Rather, science has estimated, through 2 differing techniques, that modern humans can be traced to a single ancestor approximately 50,000 years ago. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA mutations show that humans have a ‘mitochondrial Eve’ around 50,000 years ago. (biologists’ term, not mine) Additionally, the Out of Africa human dispersion model suggests that modern humans spread across the globe after originating from a single location somewhere in the area around Africa or the Middle East around 50,000 years ago. Both of these models independently arrive at a similar date, a date far from the 3 million quoted.

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    • Thank you for your comments. Here’s a brief response with pointers to more information in case you’re interested.

      My soon-to-come blog posts 17. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Puzzle and 18. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Explanation discuss the Cainan issue and show that the extra Cainan in Luke in our English Bibles does not prove a gap in the Genesis 11 genealogy.

      Evolutionists generally believe that humanity became a species starting about 3 million years ago. Whether they were “modern” (whatever that means) or not is beside the point. Three million years ago is when evolutionists think the human species started. Scripture teaches that humanity started with Adam about 6,000 years ago. I compared evolutionism’s 3-million-year history for humanity with the Bible’s 6,000-year history. The discrepancy is even greater when comparing Scripture’s 6,000-year age for the universe with evolutionists’ 15 billion year age as illustrated in 1. How Old Is the Earth?

      The two dating methods to which you refer are not independent. The results from the cited models are heavily dependent on the assumptions built into the models, and assumptions are corollaries of the modeler’s worldview. Changing the assumptions slightly will change the ages. In fact the most recent mitochondrial age estimates based on recalibrated mutation rates put Mitochondrial Eve at about 6,000 years ago. (See Eve, the First Mother. Also see How Old is Humanity? by Dr. David Plaisted, Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.)

      Also notice that a single ancestor doesn’t work. Both a male and a female are needed.

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  2. Your blog is interesting!
    Keep up the good work!

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