Rewriting the chronology of Genesis 5

So some evangelicals are now claiming the Gen 5 is missing some years. Based on the LXX and Samaritan Pentateuch they place Adam at 5500bc. Smokes the 7000 year plan but means a few less archaeological problems can be ignored. Wonder if this will eventually leach into our community…

1 thought on “Rewriting the chronology of Genesis 5

  1. BruceP

    NET Bible translation of ch 5 shows how it should be understood:

    1 This is the record of the family line of Adam.
    When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female; when they were created, he blessed them and named them “humankind.”

    Robert Alter’s footnote to v.1:
    Adam. The lack of a definite article would seem to indicate that the term is being used as a proper name. But the two subsequent occurrences of ‘adam, here and in the next verse, equally lack the definite article and yet clearly refer to “the human creature” or “humankind.” God’s calling “them” by the name ‘adam (verse 2) is also an explicit indication that the term is not exclusively masculine, and so it is misleading to render it as “man.”


    Alternatively for believers in primordial incest, the Book of Jubilees fills in some details over the generations, giving the names of the sister-wives in all the brother-sister marriages (or cousin-wife in the case of Mahalalel).

    You might be interested in the discussion to and fro at



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