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Bible Genealogies (Did You Know?) I

I love the genealogies in the Bible. There is so much you can learn from them. Last night I read the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles, which are only genealogy. I have a lot of notes scribbled in the margins from my various readings through these chapters and would like to share some of my discoveries with you. The very cool part of these genealogies, which make then different from those in preceding books, is that they cover time from Adam to after the return from exile so you can see a broad sweep of time.

Did you know that Jews are called Semites because they are the descendants of Noah's son, Shem?

Did you know that Canaan, the son of Noah's son Ham, was the father of all the nations God drove out of the Promised Land when Israel moved in?

Did you know that Abraham had eight sons, not just two? Did you know that one of those sons was Midian, the father of the Midianites that Gideon drove out?

Did you know that the Amalekites, who Isreal fought successfully while Aaron and Hur held up Moses' arms, trace their ancestry to a woman? Amalek's mom was Timna, granddaughter of Esau (Jacob's brother). Timna, a woman, was one of the chiefs of Edom.

To be continued


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