How Many Human Generations Are There from Adam Until Today?
Over the years, I’ve heard the question posed in the title a number of times. Is it even possible to acquire a ballpark figure? Due to the fact that all of the genealogical information is passed down from father to son between Genesis 5 and 10, we are positive that Noah was in the tenth generation from Adam. 1 Following Noah, we were divided into three sons (Japheth, Shem, and Ham), and from there, we were divided into everyone alive today. The whole genealogy from Adam to Jesus was 76 generations long and fully stated, while the genealogy from Noah to Jesus was 66 generations long and completely listed.
The whole genealogy from Adam to Jesus was 76 generations long and fully stated, while the genealogy from Noah to Jesus was 66 generations long and completely listed.
Some situations do allow us to do so in fact.
2This is, in fact, the situation with numerous royal families throughout Europe.
Bodie’s Short Lineage
Interestingly, I am aware of many of my genealogy lists since they were passed down to me by my father and mother. My ancestry may be traced back to the same bloodline as the Queen of England, thanks to one of my mother’s forebears’ lineages. She’s my cousin—adjacentcousin, to be precise. I will never be in a position to succeed to the kingdom! I can trace my direct ancestors back to King Edward I, the Longshanks, who reigned during the late 1200s and early 1300s and is the Queen of England and her descendants.
Whereas the Queen’s line continues with Edward I’s oldest son, Edward II, my family line diverges with another of Edward I’s sons, Thomas of Brotherton, the first Earl of Norfolk, who was the first Earl of Norfolk.
- Adam is a young man who grew up in a little town in the United States (Created by God and placed in the Garden of Eden in 4004 BC
- D. 3074 BC) And Eve
- The ancestors who lived after the Flood are listed below. Jonah (King at the Flood
- Born 2948 BC, died 1998 BC)
- Noah (King at the Flood
- Born 2348 BC, died 1998 BC)
- Japheth (King at the Flood
- Shem (King at the Flood
- (Iafet also known as Sceaf) Godwulf
- Fin (Finn)
- Geat (founder of the Geats (Gatas/Gotar/Goths) in southern Sweden
- Woden (Othin/Odin/Oden/Bodo) (King of most of Northern Europe
- B. AD 6
- Baeldaeg (Beldeagus)
- Brand (Brond/Brandius/Brando)
- Freothogar (Frithogar/Freodegarus/Fredegar)
- Wig (Wigga)
- Gewis (Gerisius/Gewisch)
- Elsa (Esla I)
- Elesa (Esla II or Elisius)
- Cerdic (Cherdick/Cerdick
- First King Among those who married were Henry Cowgill I (b. 1704) and Mary Boulton (b. 1706)
- Henry Cowgill II (b. 1735) and Ruth Johnson (b. 1740)
- James Cowgill (b. 1762) and Charlotte Holloway (1776)
- Abigail (Cowgill) Scott (b. 1796) and William Scott (b. 1796)
- Lewis Cowgill Scott (b. 1824) and Anne (Montgomery) DeWit
A total of 21 generations have passed between Queen Elizabeth II and Edward I of the Longshanks; a total of 25 generations have passed between Bodie and Edward I of the Longshanks. Calculate the difference between 19 and 23 in order to place us at the level of first cousins, and the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, is my 42nd cousin (according to the common usage technique (CU) rather than the consanguinity method). 10 This lineage places Adam as my 84thgreat grandpa, and I am in the 87thgeneration of my family tree back to Adam.
From Noah to Christ, there are 66 generations, and there are 77 generations from Noah to me, according to the Bible.
To get to the level of first cousins, subtract two from each side (64 and 75), respectively. We get at our Lord Jesus Christ being my 139thcousin(CU)in this bloodline by adding up all of the numbers.
Is This Lineage Feasible?
Is it possible to have 66 generations from Noah to Jesus (who lived 2000 years ago) and only 77 generations from Noah to me, as stated in Luke 3? If there are 66 generations from Noah to Jesus Christ Luke 3 (who lived 2000 years ago) and only 77 generations from Noah to me, is it possible? There are a couple of things to think about.
Biblical record of Israelite rapid generations in Egypt
God provided the Israelites with exponential development while they were in Egypt, exactly as He had promised (Genesis 13:16, 22:17, 26:4; Exodus 1:7, 12, 20). In Egypt, it took only four generations for them to be living in the same place as the ninth generation and beyond. Examples include Moses, who was born into the fourth generation in Egypt on his father’s side (and into the third generation on his mother Jochebed’s side, according to Exodus 6:20 and Number 26:59), and Joshua, who was born into the tenth generation (1 Chronicles 7:22–27).
This is essentially a blessing from God, as seen by the significant growth in size.
As a result, the ancestry of Jesus, which descends from the Israelites during their period of great development, is significantly more extensive than that of normal gentiles—particularly during that period (the Egyptians wanted to slow their growth if you recall).
Another explanation for my lineage having 77 generations back to Noah is that lineage in Japheth’s line is significantly influenced by generation times—for example, their ages, and notably the ages at which their respective sons were born—and hence has 77 generations back to Noah. Was it ever dawned on you that one of the presidents of the United States, who was born in the 1700s, still has two live grandchildren as of the date of this paper’s writing (2019)? John Tyler was born in 1790 and served as President from 1841 to 1845.
- When John Tyler was 63 years old in 1853, he gave birth to a son called Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr.
- had sons in 1924 (Lyon Tyler Jr.) and 1928 (Harrison Tyler), when he was 71 and 75 years old, respectively, and when he was 71 and 75 years old.
- 11 Consider the implications of this in relation to Japheth and his progeny’s ancestors.
- Is it possible that Japheth and his early descendants outlived Shem’s descendants for a period of time?
- According to one historical narrative, Togarmah, Japheth’s grandson, lived for 600 years.
- He belonged to the first generation after Noah, but Togarmah belonged to the third generation after Noah.
- Is it possible that Japheth and Bedwig 13lived for another 700–800 years?
It’s a possibility. Did they have children considerably later in life than Noah (for example, at the age of 500)? It’s a possibility. If this is the case, then 77 generations might be achieved in a reasonable amount of time given these factors.
When genealogies are not based on Scripture, gaps can readily emerge. A gap will not provide millions of years, therefore don’t even try to think about it at all. When genealogies are not based on Scripture, gaps can readily emerge. These lists do not contain inerrant passages such as Genesis 5, 11, 1 Chronicles 1–2, or Luke 3. The gaps in Matthew were purposefully left blank because there was no chronological material, such as in Genesis 5 and 11. However, in the case of my ancestors, it is probable that there are gaps or inaccuracies (one possible gap is mentioned below).
Bodie’s Long Lineage
A genealogy, albeit a little longer and more detailed, that nonetheless links my heritage to Noah was discovered throughout my investigation. This is what I refer to as my “extended chronology.” Following are the names of the 16 “missing progenitors” from the genealogy above, who lived between the generations of 11 Japheth and 12 Bedwig:
- 15: Troan (wife) – m. Munon, one of the collective Kings of Troy
- Magi, Sceaf (Seskef)
- Priam, High King of Troy 16
- Priam, High King of Troy 17
- Priam, High King of Troy 18
- Troan (wife) – m. Munon, one of the collective Kings of Troy
This lineage adds a sub-lineage that may be recorded between the generations of Noah and Sceaf, in addition to the main lineage. In this line, it is assumed that Sceaf is not a variation name of Japheth, but rather the name of a person who is a long way down the line from Japheth. 16 The pedigree of Adam and Noah places Adam as my 100 thgreat grandfather and Noah as my 90 thgreat grandfather, respectively. To get to the level of first cousins, there are 66 generations from Noah to Christ and 93 generations from Noah to Bodie, minus two generations from each side (64 and 91) to reach this point in the genealogy.
17 It is worth repeating that there are 21 generations between Queen Elizabeth II and Edward I the Longshanks, and there are 25 generations between Edward I the Longshanks and me (Bodie Hodge).
As a result, nothing has changed.
What Can We Know for Sure?
We must proceed with caution outside of the historical data provided by Scripture. We must proceed with caution outside of the historical data provided by Scripture. In any bloodline, I can trace my ancestors back to Noah and Adam. Of fact, according to God’s Word, all humans born after the Flood are descendants of Noah and his son Adam. However, this work provided me with something substantial as well as two viable lineages. This is quite intriguing to someone who is interested in history. So, roughly speaking, how many generations have passed between Adam and the present day?
- Both are reasonable, given what we know, and are valuable for making educated guesses about the genealogies of others.
- Keep in mind that if you are descended from a line of Israelites who had rapid development, your generations might easily number in the hundreds.
- Rapid generation periods might result in an increase in the overall number of generations.
- I encourage others to look into their own family histories.
- After all, this is only one lineage on my grandmother’s maternal side of the family.
- It’s a nice feeling to learn that we’re all descendants of one man (Noah and eventually Adam) who lived just 4000 years ago or so, and that we’re all members of the same race and blood who share the same sin problem.
Learn more about the first Adam’s dilemma and the second Adam’s remedy, which began with the book of Genesis.
120 YEARS OR GENERATIONS?
His days will be 120 years, since he is flesh and blood. “My soul will not abide (strive) in man forever, for he is flesh and blood.” Genesis 6:3 (KJV) God said these words during a period when mankind had begun to increase on the face of the planet, when fallen angels had left their appropriate dwelling and taken the daughters of men as spouses, when sin and evil were on the rise, and when God was about to flood the earth with floodwaters. Do you believe that He actually meant that man’s lifetime would be restricted to 120 years from that point on?
- What did this signify?
- It’s a possibility.
- It has been predicted that during the time of Jesus’ return, life on earth would be as it was during the days of Noah and Lot, with men’s thoughts and deeds being consistently bad.
- What does it matter if this sentence in Genesis 6 is a coded prophetic message?
- Assume that God has given people 120 “epochs” in which to repent, with each year representing a new period of time.
- Have you ever noticed how the Bible records genealogy as well as the life lengths of individuals?
- It is more than simply a matter of genealogical curiosity.
- So, what if this “120 years” is another another example of God communicating to us in prophetic code when something will occur – when mankind’s window of opportunity to repent has expired?
– Matthew 1:11 is a passage from the Bible that explains how to be a good steward of the Lord’s resources and to be a good steward of God’s resources and to be a good steward of the Lord’s resources and to be a good steward of the Lord’s resources and to be a good steward of the Lord’s resources and to be a good steward of the Lord’s resources and to be a good steward of the All of the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and the generations from David to the deportation to Babylon were fourteen generations, and the generations from the deportation to Babylon to Christ were fourteen generations as well.
- Between Abraham and Christ, there are a total of 42 (314) generations documented in the biblical genealogy.
- (70 x 7).
- Based on the information in Matthew, we may estimate that there were three times fourteen generations between Abraham and Christ, and that a generation (after Abraham) is represented by 35 years.
- This is rather fascinating.
- So, how much time elapsed between the beginning of time and Abraham’s birth?
- All that remains is for us to put the genealogies together and figure out how many years elapsed between Abraham and Isaac.
Abraham was born around 50 years after the beginning of time (see below). According to biblical statistics, the Flood occurred in 2304 BC, or 1656 years after the beginning of time. We can deduce the following from the genealogy recorded in Genesis:
Seth was alive for 912 years. Since Adam’s creation, there have been 1042 years since Seth’s death (Seth 912 plus time before Seth 130). Enosh had a total lifespan of 905 years. Time before Enosh = 105 years before Seth + 130 years before Adam = 235 years before Enosh Enosh died in the year 905 + 235, which equals 1140. Kenan had a life expectancy of 910 years. Time before Kenan = 90 Enosh + 105 Seth + 130 Adam = 325 minutes before Kenan arrives. Kenan’s death occurred in the year 1235 (910 + 325 = 1235).
- Time before Mahalalel = 70+ 90+ 105+130 = 395 minutes before Mahalalel.
- Jared had a total lifespan of 962 years.
- Death of Jared962 plus 460 equals the year 1422.
- Methuselah was born when Enoch was 65 years old, which is 227 years after Jared’s 162 years.
- Time before Methuselah is equal to 227 + 460 = 687 years.
- 969 + 687 = 1656 years after Methuselah’s death (the year of the Flood) Lamech lived for a total of 777 years.
- Lamech was born in the year 774.
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Time before Noah is equal to 182 plus 874, which equals 1056.
Noah’s death occurred in the year 950 plus 1056 = 2006.
the amount of time until Shem is 502 plus 1056 = 1558 Shem was born in the year 1558.
Arpachshad lived for a total of 438 years.
1660 is the year of Arpachshad’s birth.
Shelah had a long life of 433 years.
Shelah’s death equals 433 plus 1695, which equals 2128.
The time before Eber is equal to 30 + 1695 = 1725.
Eber’s death equals 464 + 1725 = 2189.
Time before Peleg is equal to 34 plus 1725, which equals 1759.
Peleg’s death equals 239 plus 1759, which equals 1998.
Before Reu = 30 + 1759 = 1789 minutes before Reu The year of Reu’s birth is 1789.
Serug had a long life of 230 years.
The death of Serug equals 230 plus 1821, which equals 2051.
Time before Nahor = 30 + 1821 = 1851 years before Nahor. The year of Nahor’s birth is 1851. Nahor’s death equals 148 plus 1851 = 1999. Please bear with us.
Terah had a long life of 205 years. Time before Terah equals 29 plus 1851 equals 1880. Terah was born in the year 1880. Terah’s death equals 205 plus 1880, which equals 2085.
- Terah was 70 years old when Abraham was born. Now we’re 20 generations removed from Adam.
Abraham lived for 175 years in all. Time before Abraham equals 70 plus 1880 equals 1950. Abraham’s birth year is 1950. Since Adam21, the year 2125 has passed since Abraham’s death, which equals 175 plus 1950. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac* was born. In Genesis 17:17, the Bible says, Isaac lived a total of 180 years. Time before Isaac is equal to 100 + 950 = 2050 years. The year 2050 is the year of Isaac’s birth. Since Adam’s creation, the year since Isaac’s death is 180 plus 2050, which equals 2230.
- Jacob had a long life of 147 years.
- Since Adam’s creation, the year 2257 has passed since Jacob’s death.
- This gets us up to the year 2055 since the beginning of time.
- (Genesis 15:13; 16:13) It is estimated that Ishmael began tormenting Isaac approximately 2055 since he is the son of an Egyptian.
- As a result, we may conclude that Moses led Israel out of Egypt in the year 2455, after the beginning of time, when he was 80 years old (Exodus 7:7).
- In accordance with Numbers 32:13, Deuteronomy 2:7, and Deuteronomy 29:5, Joshua and Caleb were the only males of their generation to successfully reach the Promised Land.
- In Joshua 14:7, it is stated that Caleb was 40 years old when he and Joshua went to spy out the country.
Caleb acquired his inheritance in the land when he was 85 years old (Josh 14:10).
The year in which the Exodus took place was 2455, and adding the 70 years that elapsed between Joshua and Caleb scoping out the country and Joshua’s death brings us to the year 2525 after creation.
We have proved that Joshua’s death occurred in or around 2525, which, when combined with the 450 years of the Judges’ reign, brings us to the year 2975 after the beginning of creation.
From Saul through Zedekiah’s reign, there was a period of kings.
22:1-2) 6 years during the reign of Queen Athaliah (II Chron.
Under the reign of King Amaziah = 29 years (II Chron.
26:3) Under Jotham, a person is 16 years old (II Chron.
28:1) Under Hezekiah’s reign = 29 years (II Chron.
33:1) Under Amon’s supervision = 2 years (II Chron.
34:1) 3 months during the reign of King Jehoahaz (II Chron.
36:3-7) 3 months during the reign of King Jehoiachin (II Chron.
36:11-21) It took the Kings 513 years to rule, which, when added to the preceding computation, results in the year 3488 being the year of their death.
Add the ‘490’ years that had elapsed between the ‘decree to rebuild’ and the death of Christ (Daniel 9) and we arrive at the year 4048, according to Daniel 9.
Matthew 1:17 is a biblical passage that teaches that God is a kind and forgiving God who loves us and wants us to be like him.
So far, the summary is as follows: There have been 20 generations between Adam and Abraham.
From Abraham to David: 14 generations 14 generations have passed since David to Babylon.
There have been a total of 62 generations (Adam to Christ) Now it’s time to go on.
It is currently the year 2018AD.
Genesis is a chronological record of births, not deaths, therefore 1989 + 33 years of Jesus’ ‘complete’ life amounts to 2022 years since the birth of Christ – until the present day.
The 62 generations from Adam to Christ, along with the 57.8 generations from Christ to the present, result in a total of 119.8 generations between Adam and the present.
If each of these ‘days’ represents a ‘generation,’ then we are approaching the end of the total number of days available to mankind.
We have 0.2 of a generation remaining till the clock strikes twelve hundred and ninety-eight years (from Adam to now).
2018 plus 7 years is 2025.
In any case, we might be very close to a deal.
As a result, if His return occurs in 2025+/- a few years to allow for mistake, we know from scripture that the years before His return would be those in which He stated, “if the days were not shortened, no flesh would endure.” (2 Corinthians 6:19; Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20) – Consider the following additional points: We have calculated that there were 4048 years between Adam and Christ, plus the 1989 years since then, which brings us to the year 2018.
- This indicates that the year 2018 marks 6039 years since Adam and Eve were created.
- We would be in the year 6047 since Adam if the 120 generations are completed in approximately 7 years and the 120 generations are completed in approximately 7 years.
- In 6047 years, how many 50-year epochs can you count on your fingers?
- As a result, not only would 2025 mark the end of the 120th generation of man since Adam, but it would also mark the conclusion of 120 Jubilees.
“My soul shall not abide (strive) in man forever because he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” “My spirit shall not abide (strive) in man forever because he is flesh.” Genesis 6:3 (KJV) The Bible says, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but those days will be shortened for the sake of the elect.” Jesus says in Matthew 24:22 Please keep in mind that we are not predicting that the Lord will return in 2025; rather, we are illustrating the significant probability that we are now moving very near to the time of his return.
- Pray and seek the Lord’s guidance on this research.
- On the 23rd of September, 2017, a sign appeared in the sky that matched the description given by John in Revelation 12:1-4.
- During the production of the film in 2015, we theorized that it may be a precursor of either the beginning or halfway point of the seven-year period known as the tribulation, depending on how you look at it.
- We are not forecasting or prophesying; rather, we are just sharing what we have learned and encouraging you to pray and seek the Lord.
- During the month of November 2018*, the age of Isaac when Ishmael and Hagar began tormenting him is recorded in the book of Jasher, which, while not regarded part of the inspired canon, is considered a valuable historical narrative and is mentioned in the bible (Joshua 10:13).
- It was not uncommon for a kid to be nursed until he or she was about the age of five, and this practice continues to this day in several societies.
In any case, the bible narrative specifies when he was weaned, thus 5 years old would be a reasonable upper limit for this age in any event. For the sake of this study, we will use a five-year horizon as a conservative approximation. It might have been far less.
Forty-two generations to bring us closer to Christ this Advent
In total, Abraham lived for 175 years. 1970 + 1880 = 1950 is the period before Abraham. The year 1950 marks the birth of Abraham. Since Adam21, the year 2125 has passed since Abraham’s death (175 plus 1950). Abraham reached the age of 100 when his son Isaac* was born to him. In Genesis 17:17, the Bible states that Isaac had a long life, spanning 180 years. the number of years before Isaac = 100 plus 1500 plus 2000 = 2050 The year 2050 is the year of Isaac’s birth*. Since Adam’s creation, the year 2230 has been marked by the death of Isaac (180 + 2050).
- Jacob lived a total of 147 years on this planet.
- Since Adam’s creation, the year 2257 has been marked by the death of Jacob (147 plus 2110).
- * (Gen 21:9).
- As a result of the famine in Canaan, God told Abraham that his descendants would be afflicted by the Egyptians for 400 years.
- (Genesis 15:13; 16:14) It is estimated that Ishmael began persecuting Isaac in 2055 because he is the son of an Egyptian.
- As a result, we might conclude that Moses led Israel out of Egypt in the year 2455, after the beginning of time, when he was eighty years old (Exodus 7:7).
- According to the Scriptures, Joshua and Caleb were the only males of their generation to successfully reach the Promised Land.
We do know that he and Caleb were contemporaries, so it is reasonable to assume that they were around the same age.
After that, the people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years until they entered the land.
Given that Joshua was roughly 80 years old when he eventually entered the Promised Land, and that he died at the age of 110 (Josh 24:29), we may estimate that 70 years transpired between the time of Moses’ departure and the death of Joshua.
Joshua’s death resulted in Israel being controlled by a group of individuals known as ‘the Judges.’ The Judges ruled over Samuel for a total of 450 years throughout that time period (Acts 13:20).
A era of kings began with King Saul and ended with King Asaph after the period of Judges.
40 years of service under King Saul (Acts 13:21) 40 years of rule under King David (I Chron 29:26-27) 40 years during the reign of King Solomon (I Kings 11:42-43) 18 years.
22:1-2) 6 years as a subject of Queen Athaliah (II Chron.
25:1) A year and a half spent under Uzziah (II Chron.
27:1) During the reign of Ahaz (II Chron.
29:1) 60 years under the reign of Manasseh (II Chron.
33:20-21) Thirty-one years were spent under King Josiah (II Chron.
36:1-2) 1 year and 11 months under King Jehoiakim (II Chron.
36:9) 1 year and 11 months under King Zedekiah (II Chron.
It was followed by a 70-year Babylonian exile, which brought us to the year 3558 after the beginning of time.
The period from Adam to Christ was thus 4048 years long.
In other words, from Abraham to David, there were 14 generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, there were 14 generations; and from the deportation to Babylon, there were 14 generations until the birth of Jesus Christ.
There are 20 generations between Adam and Abraham.
14 generations have passed from David to Babylon.
There have been a total of 62 generational variations (Adam to Christ) After that, things will get better.
The year 1989 AD is reached by subtracting the 29 years.
There have been 57.8 generations from Christ’s birth to the present day, which equals 2022 divided by 35 years (years in a generation since Abraham).
120 days were predicted by God to be allotted to humanity’s existence.
The period of God’s appealing (striving) for the repentance of people is coming to a close.
For example, if a biblical generation lasts 35 years, then 0.2 of a generation lasts seven years.
We should add or subtract a few years to accommodate for errors: for example, occasionally ages are off by a year, like when your birthday is soon here and your age changes by a year in the span of one day.
Recall that the Messiah will return once the tribulation period has passed.
Taking everything into consideration, the year 2018 marks 6039 years since Adam’s birth.
The year 6047 since Adam would be reached if there are around 7 years remaining before the 120 generations are completed.
In 6047 years, how many 50-year epochs may be found?
It would be the end of 120 Jubilees, as well as the culmination of 120 generations of mankind since Adam in 2025.
For he being flesh, my soul will not abide (strive) in him indefinitely; his days will be 120 years.
Jesus says in Matthew 24:22 that It is important to note that we are not forecasting that the Lord will return in 2025; rather, we are illustrating the significant likelihood that we are now approaching the time of his return.
No matter how you look at it, the information we’ve presented is powerful.
One of the signs in the sky, according to the description given by John in Revelation 12:1-4, appeared on September 23rd, 2017.
When we were making the movie in 2015, we thought that it may be a foreshadowing of the beginning of the seven-year period known as the tribulation, or that it could represent the halfway point of the period.
Neither are we forecasting nor prophesying, but are just sharing what we’ve found, and we encourage you to pray and seek the Lord.
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As recorded in Genesis (Genesis 21:8-9), Sarah was upset with Ishmael and Hagar on the day when Isaac was weaned, which corresponds to the age of Isaac at the time.
This practice continues to this day in some societies.
To be honest with you, the biblical narrative does not specify when he was weaned, therefore 5 years old would be a good upper limit for this age anyhow. As a liberal estimate for the purposes of this study, we’ll choose 5 years. If only it had been a little less.
The promised “Son of David”
For the ancient Jews, a genealogy was more than simply a long list of names; it was a way of life. Every name has a tale to tell. And the name David, who was the great king of Israel in the Old Testament, is the one that jumps out the most in Jesus’ genealogy. Just think about all of the different ways Matthew draws attention to David and his relationship to Jesus. The “son of David” is the very first title Matthew bestows on Jesus in the first line of the gospel of Matthew (1:1). Another point of connection between David and Jesus is that they are the only two people who are granted titles in the Bible.
Some scholars believe that Matthew 17 contains Davidic imagery as well, as he draws attention to the number of generations in the genealogy from Abraham to Jesus: “The generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon were fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ were fourteen generations” (Matthew 1:17).
- When he uses the number 14, he is directing our attention to it, which is crucial since David’s given name “adds up” to 14 in Hebrew.
- The letters of the Hebrew alphabet are also assigned a numerical value.
- As a result, the entire form of Matthew’s genealogy, which is based on three sets of 14 generations, discreetly declares Jesus to be the “thrice-Davidic Son of David,” despite the fact that he is not.
- (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) What is the point of all this attention on David?
- But that’s not all there is to it.
- (2 Samuel 7:16).
- A new son of David would come one day, God predicted (Isaiah 11:1–10; Amos 9:11–12), who would save God’s people from their enemies, restore the kingdom, and extend the kingdom’s rule to all countries.
Jesus is introduced as a “son of David” in this passage (1:1).
“Could this Jesus be the son of David — the one for whom we’ve all been waiting, the one who would restore the kingdom and set us free from our enemies?” we can hear people asking.
and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.” This is a sudden, sharp minor chord in the genealogy’s triumphant march through David’s royal descendants (Matthew 1:11).
In Matthew’s account, the Babylonian expulsion serves not so much as a chronological marker as it does as a signpost signifying a terrible transition in Israel’s history: the fall of the Davidic kingdom.
For the Jews of Jesus’ day, this exile was more than just a bitter memory from a long time ago; it was a living reality that they were now dealing with as a result of this tragic loss.
For hundreds of years, the Jews were a nation without sovereignty over their own territory and a people without a monarch, a son of David, who reigned on the throne of their own kingdom.
In God’s prophetic messages for a long time, the prophets reminded the Israelites that Israel’s strength did not depend on military force, economic prosperity, or political maneuvering, but rather on covenant obedience to the one true God.
Deuteronomy 28:32–36; 31:16–18).
2 Kings 24).
In one brief verse concerning the exile (Matthew 1:11), everything is summarized, and the genealogy goes on with these gloomy notes and minor chords by naming the following two generations of exiled Davidic ancestors up to a man named Zerubbabel in verse 12.
A new Davidic monarch would be called up, and this messiah (“anointed one”) would restore the kingdom and usher in the New Covenant era, during which sins would be forgiven and blessings would be bestowed upon the entire world, according to the words of the prophets.
Those hopes are played upon by Matthew in verse 13, as the genealogy gradually begins to shift keys once more.
The name Zerubbabel is mentioned in Matthew 12:12, and he was the last of the Davidic ancestors in Matthew’s genealogy who was documented in the Old Testament, which is still another tragic note.
As a symbol of new hope, verse 13 demonstrates for the first time how the Davidic royal line survived over the years, even after Zerubbabel’s death!
Here are the ancestors of the kings and queens!
As it presents each descendent after Zerubbabel — the royal men who were previously unrecorded in Scripture: Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zadok, Achim, and so on — the genealogy generates a positive momentum.
Here, at the conclusion of the entire genealogy, the chorus resounds: Jesus is the “Christ”—the messiah God had predicted would restore the kingdom and bring his purpose of benefiting the entire world to fulfillment!
Emmanuel: God with us
The chorus continues in verses 18–23, when Matthew emphasizes two more names for this great royal Son. First and foremost, Matthew demonstrates how the name of this child is extremely significant. He will be addressed as “Jesus,” which literally translates as “God rescues.” What is the significance of his given name? “And you must call his name Jesus, for he will rescue his people from their sins,” the angel explains to Joseph, according to Matthew’s account (1:21). We can see here that the name of Jesus in verse 21 is the solution to the dilemma of the Babylonian captivity that we saw in verse 11.
- In accordance with the teachings of their prophets and the rules of the land, it was covenant unfaithfulness that resulted in their exile and persecution.
- “Joseph’s Dream,” a painting by Gaetano Gandolfi from around 1790.
- Jesus is referred to as “Emmanuel,” which literally translates as “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
- The restoration of communion with sinful humanity has been God’s goal since the first transgression, when Adam and Eve “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord” (Genesis 3:8).
- However, without a kingdom, without a Davidic ruler, and still suffering under foreign occupation, some first-century Jews could have pondered what had happened to God’s great promises for their country and felt a sense of abandonment by the divine providence.
- However, Matthew joyously announces that the royal child at the conclusion of the genealogy is the solution to their greatest longings, which they have been searching for since the beginning of time.
- He is not just Jesus, the one who will rescue his people from their sins, but he is also Emmanuel, God with us, according to the New Testament.
Jesus’s genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
How many kings or how many generations do you want to count? I believe Matthew was primarily concerned with “periods of time” rather than the number of rulers. The names of kings were employed to designate or name certain generations or eras of time throughout history. Although this is not always the case, First and foremost, the word Generation can also refer to an age (i.e., the period of time normally filled by each subsequent generation), a period of 30 – 33 years t=KJVL (King James Version of the Bible).
As a result, the generations from Abraham to David total fourteen generations; the generations from David till the carrying away into Babylon total fourteen generations; and the generations from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ total fourteen generations.
If we look closely at how Matthew determined the beginning and end of the second group of generations, we will see that Matthew says it begins with David time and ends with not a king’s name but with another period of time, a moment, an event, which is the Babylon Captivity, or as the King James Version puts it, “the carrying away into Babylon.” It is apparent that Matthew was referring to generation spans of time and that he was counting in accordance with that.
- So the generation here is from David to hauling away into Babylon.
- Jechonias and his siblings were born during this time period.
- During this time period, Matthew refers to it as “from the taking away into Babylon.” From the time of the Babylonian captivity to the time of Christ, there was another group of generations, totaling 14 generations (periods of time).
- During this time period, Jechonias and his brothers were captured and sent to Babylon.
- In addition, he represented the era of the beginning of the occupation of his nation since he was born during that period, and he also represented the period of transport to Bablyon because he was transported to Bablyon during that period.
To put it another way, while Matthew was pondering on Jesus’ time of birth and tying it to Israel’s history, he employed GENERATIONS as PERIODS OF TIME in his thoughts, as it is so evident in the book of Matthew (Matthew 1:17 KJV).
Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)
The gospel of Matthew, according to many academics, was written for a Jewish audience, using metaphor and symbolism that was derived from the Hebrew Scriptures. According to certain interpretations, Matthew 1 serves as an opening argument in the New Testament that Jesus (Yeshua) was the prophesied messiah of the Old Testament. Matthew 1 is the first book and chapter of the New Testament. The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 reveals that it is an obscure example of symbolism intended to indicate to the Jewish reader that Yeshua (Jesus) met the qualifications to be the prophesied redeemer.
- Through the demonstration of a relationship between the lineage of Yeshua and the chronology of the Old Testament
- By statistically tying Yeshua’s ancestry to Abraham and David, we can see that he is descended from them. Through the emphasis placed on Yeshua’s link to the redeeming sacrifice rite of the Torah
- By portraying Yeshua as both a suffering servant and a future monarch, the message is clear. By establishing a chronological link between Yeshua and Adam and Abraham
1. First and foremost, it is vital to understand that Yeshua’s lineage in Matthew 1 was meticulously planned and meticulously executed. As others have pointed out, there are four kings that are absent from Yeshua’s ancestry. The fact that this was done on purpose becomes obvious only when the location of the kings who were left off the list is revealed in relation to the list as given by Matthew. First and foremost, there are four monarchs missing from the 2nd 14 generational grouping. The sixth and seventh generations eliminated three missing kings, with the last king being removed between the 13th and 14th generations.
- From a Jewish perspective (one that is entrenched in the Torah), this arrangement would have called their attention to the Biblical calendar, which was lunar/solar in nature.
- There were 52 of these cycles in each solar year, and they were divided into roughly four seasons, each of which lasted 13 weeks on average.
- This lunar cycle was in charge of the seven Biblical feasts that took place throughout the year.
- Examples include Yeshua’s description in John’s gospel as the “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Yeshua was referred to as the “firstfruits of those who slept” by the apostle Paul.
- Every month, there were 13 or 14 days of visible light during the waxing phase, followed by 13 or 14 days of visible light during the declining phase.
- It’s also worth noticing that the sole name eliminated from between the 13th and 14th generation of the 2nd grouping is Jehoiakim, whose name literally translates as “Yahweh Raises Up,” which is symbolic.
- (The name Yeshua means “Yahweh’s Salvation” in Hebrew.) (2.) Crucial to remember is that Matthew 1 lists Yeshua’s generations as 14+14+14 generations, or 42 generations from Abraham.
According to the information available, Yeshua’s generations are 14+14+13, for a total of 41.
The Old Testament speaks of the future messiah in terms of David’s reign, which is consistent with the Jewish tradition.
David’s given name also carries the numerical number of 14 in Hebrew.
Abraham’s given name has the numerical number of 41 as well.
These two numbers would have been immediately connected with the sacrificial redemption rituals of the Torah for any Jewish reader who was well-versed in the Torah’s teachings.
With 13 or 14 offerings necessary on practically every one of these holy days, Israel was compelled to make atonement for its sins.
The book of Isaiah 53 serves as an example.
YHWH, on the other hand, delighted himself to bruise him; he has brought him to pain; and when thou makest his soul a sacrifice for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall lengthen his days, and the pleasure of YHWH shall succeed in his hand; 11 It is by his knowledge that my upright servant will justify many, because he will bear their iniquities.
(4.) By depicting Yeshua as the 13th and 14th generation, Matthew was able to portray the Messiah’s dual nature as both a suffering servant and a future ruler in the same illustration.
His death and resurrection transformed him into the 14th generation and monarch, as demonstrated by the gentle David, who represented the 14th generation.
Between Adam and Abraham, according to the Hebrew interpretation of the Old Testament chronology, there were 41 jubilee cycles.
In other words, Matthew was demonstrating that there was an underlying chronological tie between Abraham and Yeshua by organizing Yeshua’s pedigree to demonstrate 41 generations.
Yahushua (Yeshua), the 14th generation from Abraham, lived during the 42nd jubilee cycle and resurrected from the tomb to become the Messiah and heir to the kingdom of David.
In the author’s words, this list appears to have been created as a symbolic testimony or road map, with the objective of demonstrating that Yeshua of Nazareth was a fulfillment of the Old Testament predictions concerning the coming messianic redeemer, as described in the New Testament.