Who Was Born When Enosh Was 90? A Semantic Reevaluation Of William Henry Green’s Chronological Gaps -- By: Jeremy Sexton
WTJ 77:2 (Fall 2015) p. 193
Who Was Born When Enosh Was 90?
A Semantic Reevaluation Of William Henry Green’s Chronological Gaps
Jeremy Sexton is pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in North Augusta, SC.
I. The Genesis Of The Primeval Chronology Debate
Green’s proposal challenged the long-established approach to Gen 5 and 11. Biblical interpreters had been reading the genealogies as chronologies since before Christ. Jewish historians Demetrius (ca. 200 BC), Eupolemus (ca. 160 BC), and Josephus (ca. AD 93), as well as the authors of Jubilees (ca. 150 BC) and Seder Olam Rabbah (ca. AD 150), used the genealogies for chronological computation.4 Several early and medieval churchmen—for example, Theophilus of Antioch (ca. 168), Julius Africanus (ca.
WTJ 77:2 (Fall 2015) p. 194
Chronological computation has always been so inviting because Gen 5 and 11 specify the age of each patriarch at the birth of his descendant, unlike any other genea...
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