Questions tagged [genealogy]

Genealogies are records of family descent. There are twenty five in the Hebrew Bible, typically tracing lineages from father to son(s).

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Why did it take Noah this long to have children in Genesis 5:32:?

Genesis 5:32 NIV 32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. All Noah's ancestors had children when they were around one hundred years but when it came to him it is ...
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Understanding “leader of” term in Genesis

I'm trying to outline biblical geneology starting from page 1 as a personal project. Since I don't know what's going to be important until the end of the project, I'm trying to take notes on some ...
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Cain's lineage vs. Adam's

Are the writers of Genesis trying to compare Cain's (Genesis 4:6) and Adam's lineages (Genesis 5) to show the difference between a community that follows God and a community that moves away from God? ...
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Why is Zerah mentioned in Matthew's genealogy?

In Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, he records the names of both of the sons of Judah and Tamar: Perez and Zerah, who were twins. Zerah is not a direct ancestor of Jesus, since the line goes through ...
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Who is Reuben's tribal head upon entering the promised land?

In Numbers 1:5-16, we see the appointment of the princes or chieftains of the tribes of Israel. In verse 5 we clearly see the tribal head for Reuben: And these are the names of the men that shall ...
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Amalekites in Genesis

In Genesis 14:7 we see this verse. Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were ...
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Is Korah the son of Adah or Aholibamah?

Gen. 36:14 says that Aholibamah, Esau's third wife, had a son named Korah: And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, ...
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Who was Abram's mother? [closed]

NOTE: I'm posting this question here, rather than on History.SE since many (most?) historians deny the existence of an historical Abram and certainly don't think the Abram narrative in Scripture is ...
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four generations from Rahab to David?

In Matthew 1:5 it appears that there are only 4 generations from Rahab to David. This doesn't seem possible. I thought that period would have been 300-400 years (Judges). Am I missing something?
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Do we have a Father of all living things, if yes what’s Adam’s role and the meaning of this scripture

Genesis 3:20 KJV [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
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Reuben lay with Bilhah. Did Naphtali too?

Genesis 35:22 states that Reuben lay with Bilhah: It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. (NASB) ...
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What's the significance of the omission of Moses' wife and sons in the genealogy in Exodus 6?

Moses' wife and sons are omitted from the genealogy, whereas Aaron's wife, sons and grandson are all included. What is the significance of this? Related but different question on the genealogy here - ...
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What is the significance of the scarlet thread on Zerah's hand at the end of Genesis 38?

The whole sequence of events is so strange that it feels symbolic. Hands don't normally come out first in childbirth, and then pulling it back in is curious. Why would a midwife be so anxious to label ...
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How many (direct) children do people think Adam & Eve had or Adam had? [closed]

This question relates to any history related a question raised by Gen 5:4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. The statement that Adam had other sons and ...
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Did the author intend to write Asa or Asaph in Matthew 1:7-8?

Both the King James and the NIV (following the received text and the Chronicler) name Asa as the father of Jehoshaphat in Matthew 1:8. The ESV, however, follows the older manuscripts and names him as ...
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Why was Amnon not punished by David for raping Tamar?

David is unwittingly involved in the set-up, by agreeing to Amnon's request to have Tamar make him some cakes. II Samuel 13:6,7. He KNEW what happened next, and was very angry. II Samuel 13:21. He did ...
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Why doesn’t Jesus’ genealogy in Luke 3:31 go through Solomon to David?

According to the following passage “And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. And these are the names of ...
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Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)

Matthew 1:17 KJV 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away ...
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Why are there two Shimei's mentioned in 1 Chronicles 23 verses 9 and 10?

The genealogies and lists of names are sometimes very hard to follow in the Old Testament. In this instance, there are two names spelled exactly the same in two consecutive verses. At the end of ...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Matthew 1?

In the Talmud, Megillah 14b, it mentions towards the end1 that Joshua married Rachav and that Joshua never had sons, but only daughters: דאיגיירא ונסבה יהושע ומי הוו ליה זרעא ליהושע והכתיב (דברי ...
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Lineage, Ruth, and Levirite Marriage

In Deut 25:5-6, it starts the lay the foundations of the levirite marriage statute, the purpose of which is to raise up seed in the name of the deceased brother "that his name be not put out of Israel"...
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Were Shem, Ham and Japheth Triplets?

Genesis 5:32 "Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth." When considering the Genealogies of Genesis 5, it becomes evident that the standard form of ...
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Why is the genealogy of Moses placed in the middle of his life story?

The placement of the genealogy of Moses and Aaron, beginning at Exodus 6:14, appears to be a bit odd at first glance. One might expect it to be placed at Moses' birth or maybe his death, but instead ...
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(1 Chronicles 7:15-17) “Machir took a wife for Huppim and Shuppim” then does it mean that Machir was arranged a marriage for Huppim & Shuppim?

1 Chronicles 7:6-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Descendants of Benjamin 6 The sons of Benjamin were three: Bela and Becher and Jediael. 7 The sons of Bela were five: Ezbon, Uzzi, ...
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Why does the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew (NASB) omit Admin of Luke 3:33 (NASB)?

I'm comparing both Matthew and Luke's genealogy of Jesus. Matthew wrote this: Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon... - Mat 1:3 (NASB) And Luke wrote this: the ...
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Was Rahab the Harlot contemporary with Salmon?

As we can see in the Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus beneath, it does not say Rahab the Harlot, but Rachab (apparently another name). Matthew 1 King James Version (KJV) The book of the ...
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Method of calculating the Years in Genesis Genealogies

In Genesis 5 it stands written concerning the descendants of Adam through to Noah and his sons. Now, in making my own chronology of years, I have come across an issue in applying the numbers together:...
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From what tribe did Jesus come?

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus says, "I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." Joseph the father of Ephraim has a dream prophesying of himself being the brightest star of ...
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Is it plausible that Noah's Dad knew Adam?

I overheard in conversation this morning: My mate from college said that he drew a graph of the genealogy in Genesis 4 - and worked out that Noah's Dad probably knew the living Adam. My question ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 23 not mention Korah son of Izhar?

1 Chronicles 23:18 After separating into divisions the sons of Levi—namely Gershon, Kohath, and Merari—King David appoints them different duties. Of all the three sons of Levi, their direct ...
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Why are the descendants of Hebron not specifically named in Exodus 6:17-22?

Exodus 6:17-22 KJV 17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families. 18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of ...
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Why is Elkanah said to be an Ephraimite?

1 Samuel 1 [1]Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an ...
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Are there gaps in the genealogy from Adam to Noah?

It is clear that biblical genealogies regularly skip over intermediate generations in order to fit a scheme of numbers such as a multiple of 7. However, the fact that the age of fatherhood is ...
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What is the significance of Gen 46:10 “Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman”?

What message is being conveyed in Gen 46:10 when it says of one of Simeon's sons: "Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman" (KJV)? Judah also had three sons by a Canaanite woman (Gen 38:2-5), Er, Onan, ...
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Are there any manuscripts that confirm genealogy in the Septuagint's Genesis 5?

The genealogy in Genesis 5 as it appears in the Septuagint is very different from the geneologies of the Masoretic & Samaritan texts. For example, Methuselah lives 14 years past the flood in the ...
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Can differences in the line of Zerubbabel in the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew & Luke be reconciled with each other and with 1 Chronicles 3:17-24?

Zerubbabel was mentioned in both Matthew and Luke as an ancestor of Jesus. But the texts present two problems for me: How does Jesus's genealogy diverge at Solomon/Nathan, converge on Shealtiel and ...
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Why do the Pastorals warn about genealogies?

In both 1 Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:9 Paul warns his students against "endless genealogies." Obviously the Bible itself contains genealogies, even in the Gospels, so it seems like there must be ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 6 not mention Meraioth?

1 Chronicles 6 does not mention Meraioth who is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:11 and Nehemiah 11:11: 1 Chr 6 1 Chr 9:11 -------- ----------- 6 Meraioth Amariah 7 Ahitub ...
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Does Matthew's genealogy (1:1-17) introduce 'persecution' as a gospel theme?

There are many persecution elements in Matthew's gospel. What evidence is there that supports the idea that Matthew rhetorically used the reference to the deportation (RSV) in 1:11,12 and 17 to ...
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Why does Zephaniah have such an extensive genealogy?

Zephaniah 1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. Zephaniah has the ...
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Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?

When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, the son of... - Luke 3:23 (NASB) There seems to be a widely held ...
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Missing or incorrect genealogy information for Samuel?

First, the verses: 1 Samuel 1:1 (ESV) There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an ...
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When did the battle of David and Goliath take place?

When did the battle of David and Goliath take place? I would assume a fairly accurate estimate could be given because it had to be when David was alive (and probably fairly young), and this date ...
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How is Adam “son of God” in Luke 3:38?

The Genealogy of Jesus in Luke's gospel ends like this (Luke 3:38): ... the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. Emphasis mine. Adam is clearly not "son ...
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Extents of lives only noted sometimes in Genesis

For most generations of Genesis, years of lives can be found; the exceptions are those in the middle, those of Shem through Nahor. Adam through Noah have lifetimes noted (Gen 5:3 – 31, 9:29). Next, ...
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Why aren't the ages when Jacob and Joseph became fathers mentioned?

Of all the generations in Genesis, the age at which each became a father/begot a son/twins were born is almost always shown. The only exceptions are the last two, Jacob and Joseph. Why might that be ...
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While Ishmael & Esau were also fathers, they’re the only 2 we can’t determine the # of paternal years for

Regarding every generation in Genesis, there is always, and only, one father we can find the paternal years for. We can’t do that for Ishmael and Esau. Why might that be the case when they also had ...