|Genealogy of Adam
1 "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
2 He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created."
|"This is the book ...." states that this is written. It is the first mention of a book (Bible). One does not pass down information orally by referring to the information as being a book. It is felt that Adam actually wrote something down and Moses compiled it into the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible). Recall in chapter 4 the genealogy of Cain stops at Lamech, seven generations of Cain. Looking at the genealogy of Adam in this chapter also stops at Enoch, also seven generations of Adam. This gives us a time line for Adam. He was alive most of the time of Cain and was able to keep up with Cain's life if he wished.
The first two verses just restate that the following lists the generations or genealogy of Adam. God states that Adam was made in the likeness of Himself. In addition He created the humans male and female. He blessed then. It should be noted that the Hebrew word Adam translates either Adam or Man. How it is meant must be extracted by the context.
The following graphic describes the genealogy and specific information about the line of Adam to Noah. The next chapter starts the tribulations of Noah.
3 "When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he £became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.
4 Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.
5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died."
|These verses show that Seth was born a long time after Cain and Abel. Perhaps they were "getting over" the loss of Abel. Remember the long wait for children for Sarah and Abraham. However, this also says that they had other sons and daughters. Therefore, before Seth, they may have had other children. We just don't know. Remember that Cain had a wife (did not say from where). We stated earlier that it was probably his sister. Therefore, Adam and Eve may have had one or more daughters before Seth. This is probably so because Eve says that Seth was born as a replacement for Abe (Gen. 4:25).
6 "Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh.
7 Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters.
8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.
9 Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan.
10 Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters.
11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died.
12 Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel.
13 Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters.
14 So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.
15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared.
16 Then Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters.
17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.
18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch.
19 Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.
20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.
26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.
27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.
28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son.
29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.”
30 Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.
31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.
32 Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth."
Column (1) is the year the person in the first column was born. It is obtained from adding columns (1) and (2).
Column (2) is the year given in Bible to the son (next name on list). It is given in the text.
Column (3) is the number of years from the birth of that son to the death of the name (not son). It is given in the text
Column (4) is the age of death of the name in first column. It is obtained by adding columns (2) and (3).
Column (5) is the year the name in the first column died. It is obtained by adding columns (1) and (4)
1. Enoch never died. He lived in the favor with God and was "taken" by God.
2. Methuselah died on the year of the flood.
[Noah born year 1056. Add 500 years to the time of the births of his three sons (see commentary). Then add 100 more years before the flood starts (Gen. 7:11).]
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