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Q: Are there gaps in the Genesis genealogies?
A: Because so many Christians and Christian leaders have accepted the secular dates for the origin of man and the universe, they must work out ways that such dates can somehow be incorporated into the Bible’s historical account. In other words, they must convince people that the Bible’s genealogical records do not present an unbroken line of chronology. If such an unbroken line exists, then we should be able to calculate dates concerning the creation of man and the universe.
A straightforward addition of the chronogenealogies yields a date for the beginning near 4000 B.C. Chronologists working from the Bible consistently get 2,000 years between Adam and Abraham. Few would dispute that Abraham lived around 2000 B.C. Many Christian leaders, though, claim there are gaps in the Genesis genealogies. One of their arguments is that the word begat, as used in the time-line from the first man Adam to Abraham in Genesis 5 and 11, can skip generations. If this argument were true, the date for creation using the biblical time-line of history cannot be worked out.
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Shouldn’t Eve have been a clone of Adam?
God took the rib/side of the woman, but built a new person—with new DNA and all. Eve wasn’t a clone, because she was female. She had different sex chromosomes (XX) as opposed to Adam’s XY. If she had the same DNA, they would have both been males. So, God stepped in and specially created Eve.
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