From Shem to Abram
The Book of Genesis covers more than 2,000 years and more than 20 generations. Yet, it spends almost a third of its text on the life of one man—Abram.1
3. Repeated phrases in Genesis 11:10-26.
became the father of
had other sons and daughters
Two years after the flood, Noah’s son, Shem, became the father of Arphaxad.
Shem fulfilled God’s command to have children to repopulate the earth. He lived 500 years after he had children.
This means Shem died 2048 years after Adam’s Fall, or 502 years after the Flood. Shem was 199 years old when Peleg was born, which is supposed to be the time that God confounded men’s languages (1 Chronicles 1:19). Therefore, Shem lived 401 years after the confusion of languages. Is it possible that he couldn’t communicate with his own children, or did the tongues divide according to families?
Shem was 490 years old when Isaac was born and 550 when Jacob and Esau were born. He lived 50 years after Jacob’s birth. Shem actually outlived Abram by 35 years. He was still alive during the rise of the Egyptian dynasty. That makes their paganism even more inexcusable, since a man who had gone through the Flood was still alive.2
It is supposed the confusion of the tongues at the Tower of Babel happened the year Peleg was born because of Genesis 10:25 and 1 Chronicles 1:19. That would place the confusion of the tongues 1757 years after Adam’s Fall.2
Eber is probably Shem’s descendant from whom the Hebrews came.3 (footnote Genesis 11:14)
Joseph, the supposed father of Jesus, the Messiah, descended from Shem’s line. (Luke 3:23-38)
4. Details about Abram and family.
Terah, whose name means moon, took his sons and their families to Canaan (Assyria) Ur of the Chaldeans is Babylon, although Acts 7:2-4 says Abram heard God’s call while they were still living in Ur and “went, even though he didn’t know where he was going.” (Hebrew 11:8)
I would like to know more about how Abram came to know Yahweh since his family served other gods.
5. Terah’s descendants
Nahor was Abram’s grandfather, and Terah was his father. “The promise to bring forth the deliverer from the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) would find its fulfillment through this family.”1
Abram came from a family of idol worshippers. Later, when Abram’s grandson Jacob went back to Abram’s relatives, they were still worshipping idols.2 (See Joshua 24:2)
Abram, whose name means father, was born five generations after Babel. He had a brother also named Nahor, after their grandfather.
Sarai was Abram’s half sister, the daughter of his father but not his mother. (Genesis 20:12) We learn that she cannot conceive.
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