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Alleged Biblical Inconsistencies: An Incomplete Genealogy

Posted by Pastoral Musings on December 9th, 2009

GE 36:11 The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.
GE 36:15-16 Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz.
1CH 1:35-36 Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

My response to the above being present as an inconsistency is to wonder why anyone would think that it is one.

All three have two names in common.  In two of them there is a third common name that actually is in the third as well, but in a variant form.

Finally, for purposes unknown to us at this moment some (or even all) of the writers chose not to include every descendant in their lists.

I simply must wonder what is inconsistent with an incomplete genealogy?  There is no conflict between the three.

2 Responses to “Alleged Biblical Inconsistencies: An Incomplete Genealogy”

  1. Charles Says:

    You might be interested on a series of posts that I did on genealogies in the ancient Near East awhile back. You can access the posts here:

  2. JasonS Says:

    Thank you for your comment and the link.

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