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When we get to verse 10, gears are shifted and we find ourselves back on the chronological timeline. It’s another genealogy from Shem to Abram and I know what you’re thinking.

Ugh! Another genealogy.

But wait! There are a couple of things worth mentioning, one of which is super trippy!

Detour: Remember back in chapter six when the sons of God were marrying the daughters of man and God was frustrated so he capped the lifespan to 120 years? In this genealogy, we’re seeing people living well past that cap, but I think we can kind of puzzle that one out. Bear with me.

First thing to note – this genealogy goes through the line of Shem because that is the lineage of Jesus. Shem is where we get the term “Semite”, and a few generations down we meet a guy named Eber. Eber is where we get the term “Hebrew”. So there’s that.

Now, are you sitting? We’re going to do a little more math (seriously – for someone who does not enjoy math at all, I feel like I’m doing a lot of it).

Alright. Buckle up Buttercup. It’s about to get real up in here.

POPS AGE HE BECAME A POP HOW MANY YEARS AS A POP
Noah

Shem

Arphaxad

Shelah

Eber

Peleg

Reu

Serug

Nahor

Terah

500

100

35

30

34

30

32

30

29

70

450

500

403

403

430

209

207

200

110

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Abram (as in Father Abraham)

Okay. If you add up the ages of fatherhood from Shem until Terah, you get 390. Noah lived 450 years after Shem was born. Which means he was alive for 60 years after Abraham was born!

Do you see that?? HE WAS STILL ALIVE WHEN ABRAHAM WAS BORN!

Oh!My!Gosh! I have so many questions. Did Abraham know Noah? I like to think he did and got to hear stories of the flood and the “good old days” from Grandpappy Noah.

Is your mind blown like mine?

Another thing with the genealogy, notice how the ages do start to come down? So maybe when God made His declaration in chapter six, He meant gradually. Does anyone know? Not that it matters. He’s God. He can do what He wants.

Moving along…

Finally, we get to a brief account of Terah, which leads us to Abraham, who we will be hanging out with for the next several weeks.

Detour. Abraham isn’t actually Abraham yet. He’s just Abram. And Sarah is still Sarai. But I’ve made things confusing enough already, so we’re just going with Abraham and Sarah from the get-go. M’kay?

The family tree is a little convoluted, so I’m going to try to clear it up a little.

Terah – fathers Abraham, Nahor and Haran. (We will also find out he fathered Sarah with a different wife.)

Abraham – married to Sarah (his half-sister)

Haran – fathers Lot, Milcah and Isca

Nahor – married to Milcah (his niece)

I feel like the actual picture of this particular tree resembles brambles more than a tree. Amiright?

It’s important to note verse 30, which says, “Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.” You’ll see why as we keep going.

 

Let’s Chat

Noah and Abraham alive at the same time. Discuss.

What about the whole intermarrying thing? It seems so terrible to us today, but it was pretty common back then.

 

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