Biblical dating genealogy records
That Canaan begot Sidon his first-born is not intended to be a reference to sonship, but an indication that the city Sidon was peopled early in the history of the land of Canaan. In the rest of the Pentateuch there are many shorter genealogies.
The chapter is aptly called “the earliest ethnological table in the literature of the ancient world” (New Scofield Reference Bible , p. These genealogies usually first present a brief reference to the worldly descendants, followed by a more detailed history of the godly line.
In a similar way, Achan, for example, was identified as of the tribe of Judah, the family of Zerah, the household of Zabdi, the son of Carmi (Josh , 18).
Such a brief genealogy gave only the first two or three and the last two or three links of the man’s ancestry.2. The ancient history of the race is compressed into the first chs. Except for a few incidents, this history consists of the listing of famous men and nations.
The history of the time of the judges is given in a chronological rather than genealogical format.
The judgeship was not hereditary but charismatic, i.e., God individually called the judges to their tasks.
It is natural to believe that these genealogies are schematic, naming only the chief men in easily memorizable form.
The genealogies in Genesis 4 and 10 are different from those in chs. Genesis 10 is frequently called the “Table of Nations,” tracing the expanding migrations of the various sons of Noah and their successors.
By means of genealogical records, God has given a connected history from Adam to Christ.
Genealogies also have lesser uses in the sacred record.
tablets of the kings who reigned before and after the Flood. The last links name a king or two who are historically known.
Some have held that the Biblical lists derive from the Sumer. It seems just as possible to believe that both lists derive from the ancient tradition of the race and represent early tradition.