By cross referencing the biblical genealogies with other events dated in the Bible, one can find instances where numerous genealogies were telescoped, resulting in the exclusion of numerous generations of individuals.
More information and examples can be found in our article . The particulars are important, so let's look at what Genesis 1 says: Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth"; and it was so.Although some Christians claim the days of creation are exactly 24-hours in length, it is apparent from the literal reading of the Genesis 1 text that this is not so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.Similarly, the key genealogical terms (such as "son" and "father") have much broader meanings in Hebrew than their corresponding English words.The Hebrew word translated "son" can also have the meaning of "grandson," "great grandson," "descendant," etc.Next, God had Adam give names to "all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air" (Genesis ).
The process would have required Adam naming tens of thousands of species (minimum).
The following is a summary of the biblical evidence presented on this website regarding the age of the earth.
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An accurate understanding of biblical genealogies is difficult, yet it is important for the understanding of Scripture.
Having a proper understanding of biblical genealogies is a prerequisite to attempting to address the Genesis genealogies.
The first, and foremost, assumption is that the genealogies of Genesis are complete, from father to son throughout the entire course of human existence.