Incomplete Genealogies

Genesis 5-11

Luke 3:34-36 (reverse order)

And Lamech… father of a son… Noah, (Genesis 5:28-29)... became the father of Shem. (Genesis 5:32)... The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram. (Genesis 10:22)... Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber. Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg (Genesis 10:24-25)

the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, (Luke 3:35) the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, (Luke 3:36)

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In contrast to Matthew, Luke's account of the biblical genealogies leading to Jesus Christ includes a generation not found in the Genesis account (Cainan). For this reason, we know that neither the Old Testament nor New Testament genealogies represent a complete record of all human generations.

A more complete listing of gaps in the genealogical records can be found at Are There Gaps in the Biblical Genealogies? by William Henry Green, "Primeval Chronology” Bibliotheca Sacra (April, 1890), 285-303.

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The Genesis Genealogies: Are They Complete?
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