The first people

Although the genealogies we find in the Bible would probably not rate as our favorite passages of scripture, these list of names and ages contain gems of information that we might not have any other way. The first list of genealogies starts with the first man, Adam, and goes down ten generations to Noah.

One of the first things that is striking about the list in Genesis 5 is the ages that these men lived to. Adam lived 930 years, and with few exceptions this is roughly the ages that all of these men lived to: 912 years, 905 years, 910 years, 895 years, 962 years, and of course the oldest recorded in the Bible was Methuselah at 969 years. Continue reading “The first people”

But the genealogies are so boring!

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mark 3:35).

If you are an American citizen, next time you’re out and about, randomly pick two other people besides yourself. Don’t point at them or anything, just visualize, please. Statistically, one of you three can trace your roots to an immigrant who passed through Ellis Island (nyharborparks.org). Over 100 million Americans trace their roots to this spot, where the “poor, tired, huddled masses” entered the “golden door.” Continue reading “But the genealogies are so boring!”