WHEN WAS ADAM CREATED?
The ages and relationship of the patriarchs, given in Genesis .... allow one to estimate the time of Adam's creation at slightly more than 6,000 years ago. What uncertainties are involved?
A. These ages are based upon the Hebrew (Masoretic) text and almost all English translations. The corresponding numbers in the Samaritan and Greek (Septuagint) texts place Adam's creation about 6,200 and 7,300 years ago, respectively. Which text is closest to the original is an open question. As one issue, consider that Methuselah died 14 years after the flood, if one uses the Septuagint - a logical impossibility, considering he was not on the Ark.
OF COURSE THAT IS IF YOU BELIEVE THE FLOOD OF NOAH WAS GLOBAL....WHICH BROWN AND OTHERS DO - Keith Hunt
(Some courses say that the name Methuselah means, "When he is dead it shall be sent." According to the numbers in this chart, the flood began in the year Methuselah died).
AGAIN THAT MAKES IT CONVENIENT FOR THE GLOBAL NOAH'S FLOOD TEACHERS - Keith Hunt
B. Some ages in all three text have evidently been rounded, because too many numbers end in zero or five. Rounding 15 or so ages in Genesis probably would not inject more than 20 years of total error. A possible problem with the Masoretic and Samaritan texts is that Methuselah died exactly in the year of the flood, despite this rounding.
HUMMMM.... SO THINGS JUST AIN'T CUT AND DRY IN BIBLE CHRONOLOGY. IS THAT WHY PAUL TOLD TITUS TO AVOID, "...FOOLISH QUESTIONS, AND GENEALOGIES .... FOR THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE AND VAIN" (TITUS 3:9). Keith Hunt
C. Disagreements exist concerning Terah's age when Abraham was born. Some argue that Terah was 70 years, not the favored 130 years shown in this chart [Brown gives a chart, not produced here - Keith Hunt].
D. Luke 3:36 lists Cainan as the son of Arpachshad and the father of Shelah. In Genesis, Cainan's name occurs only in recent copies of the Septuagint - not the oldest. Nor is Cainan in the oldest copies known copy of Luke. Therefore, a copyist problem added Cainan's name inadvertently, perhaps taking it from Luke 3:37.
E. Most students of the subject place the death of Joseph (Jacob's son) between 1606 B.C. and 1690 B. C. An error in this date will add a corresponding error in the year of adam's creation.
SO WE BEGIN TO SEE BIBLE CHRONOLOGY IS NOT THAT STRAIGHT FORWARD; IT IS NOT ALL IN A NEAT LITTLE BOX TIED WITH A PINK RIBBON - Keith Hunt
Theistic evolutionists often raise two objections to the chronological information in Genesis.
A. Some say, pointing to Cainan, that the genealogies contain gaps. However, the possibility of gaps is irrelevant to the year of Adam's creation. Let us assume that many generations existed between two consecutive patriarchs on this chart. The time between their births is fixed by Genesis, no matter how many generations might be missing (For example, Enoch was born 105 years after Seth's birth). The writer or compiler of this information had a careful, systematic, and mathematical way of linking the chronology into one continuous family record - in contrast to other genealogies of the Bible.
AH BUT FROM MATTHEW'S 14, 14, 14, NICE NEAT GENEALOGIES SOME HAVE POINTED OUT, WITH PROOF FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT, THAT SOME NAMES ARE MISSING. IT IS A JEWISH FACT THAT "BEGAT" OR "SON OF" DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN "IMMEDIATE" BUT SIMPLY TIES A LINE OR FAMILY TOGETHER; HENCE I AM THE SON OF "GEORGE" WHO WAS MY GRANDFATHER. ONCE MORE BIBLE CHRONOLOGY JUST AIN'T A NEAT LITTLE PACKAGE - Keith Hunt
This chart contains other interesting details.
A. Noah's son Shem, born before the flood, nearly outlived Abraham. Surprisingly, many people think of Noah and Shem as relatively ancient (or imaginary) but accept Abraham as historically recent. Noah died only two years before Abraham was born.
B. Notice the continuous chain of overlapping life spans of Adam, Methuselah, Shem, and abraham or Isaac.
C. Enoch's time on earth was cut short, but not by death. [see Hebrews 11:5].
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LIFE OF ENOCH, AND A SO-CALLED "GOING TO HEAVEN" IS FALSE; IT IS NOT SO. SEE THE STUDY ON THIS WEBSITE CALLED "DID ENOCH, MOSES, AND ELIJAH, GO TO HEAVEN?" Keith Hunt
D. Notice the systematic change of life spans after the flood, as shown in the inset on page 380.
PEOPLE LIVED MUCH LONGER BEFORE THE FLOOD OF NOAH'S TIME. MANY HAVE TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT; THERE IS NO BIBLICAL ANSWER; THE BIBLE DOES NOT TELL US WHY THIS CAME ABOUT. AS GOOD AS ANY IDEA, IS THAT GOD SIMPLY WANTED IT THAT WAY; ALL OTHER IDEAS ARE PURE SPECULATION - Keith Hunt
Genesis 5 says that each of the first 9 patriarchs had "other sons and daughters" besides the son in the patriarchal line. In other words, each family had at least 5 children: 3 sons and 2 daughters. Statistically, all 9 families would probably have at least 3 sons and 2 daughters if each family had 10 or more children. (Conversely, all 9 families would probably not have had 3 sons and 2 daughters if each family had 9 children or less). If 10 or more children per family were typical before the flood, and plagues, famines, and wars were no more common that in the last several thousand years, then the world's population at the time of the flood would have exceeded today's population of almost 7 billion people.
VERY IMPORTANT A FACT, WHEN YOU HEARD WHAT GOD SAID HE HAD TO DO AT THE TOWER OF BABEL..... NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM, WHICH THEY HAVE IMAGINED TO DO [GEN. 11:6]. GOD HAD TO CONFOUND THEIR LANGUAGE AND SCATTER THEM. NOAH'S FLOOD BEING LOCAL AND NOT GLOBAL WOULD ANSWER THIS. MANY PEOPLE DID NOT DIE IN NOAH'S FLOOD, ONLY THE AREA WHERE NOAH LIVED BECAME SO WICKED AND EVIL, NEEDING TO BE DESTROYED. AFTER THE FLOOD, THE GROWTH OF THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE ON THE EARTH WAS GREAT. ALL OF ONE LANGUAGE; THE THINGS THEY THOUGHT TO DO WAS SUCH, IT WAS ALL MOVING TOO FAST FOR THE PLAN OF GOD FOR MANKIND ON EARTH. GOD STEPPED IN, THE HUB OF THE WORLD POPULATION HAD TO BE SCATTERED, AND NO MORE JUST ONE LANGUAGE.
SEE THE BOOKS REPRODUCED FOR YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS SECTION ON LOST RACES......YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE CIVILIZATION BEFORE BABEL - Keith Hunt
IT WAS ARCHBISHOP USHER WHO TRIED TO CHRONOLOGIZE THE BIBLE, COMING UP WITH 4,004 B. C. FOR THE CREATION OF ADAM.
IT IS FOOLISHNESS TO TRY AND USE BIBLE CHRONOLOGY FOR HOW LONG MANKIND HAS BEEN ON EARTH. THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY PROBLEMS IN SO TRYING TO DO..... A GOOD REASON WHY PAUL TOLD TITUS TO STAY AWAY FROM GENEALOGIES, THAT ONLY PRODUCE STIVE AND VANITY. THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA HAVE A HISTORY THAT GOES BACK 10,000 YEARS. AND FURTHER GOD IS NOT WORKING ON A 7 THOUSAND YEAR TIME PLAN, AS SOME TEACH. IF USHER WAS CORRECT THAT ADAM WAS CREATED 4,004 B.C. THEN WE HAVE PASSED THE 6,000 YEAR MARK, AND THE 1,000 YEAR AGE TO COME HAS NOT COME - Keith Hunt