The names and ages continue through Terah, the father of Abram, thereby providing a way to calculate the time between the Flood and Abraham’s birth.
Today, modern creation scientists and scholars are divided as to whether to accept the longer ages in the older Greek text or the shorter ages in the more recent Hebrew text.
The former group places the age of the earth at 7500 years old; the latter at 6000 years old, often still relying on the work of Archbishop Ussher.
All of them put the creation of the world as less than 6000 years old from the date of their writing (with many approximating it at 5500 BC).
These systems of dating continued through the medieval church and persisted up to the 17th century with the well-known calculation of Archbishop Ussher in England.
James Hutton, George Cuvier, Charles Lyell, and others argued that the history of the earth was much older than 10,000 years; they based this view on their new interpretations of the rock layers and the fossils within them.
It became obvious that the traditional view and the new view could not both be accurate since they provided two competing histories of the earth.
This is the second of five posts dealing with the question of ‘The Age of the Earth and the Bible.’ It is taken from the Is Genesis History? Noah’s son Shem is said to have fathered Arpachshad two years after the Flood.
The next genealogy using the same pattern is in Genesis 11.
Once this Biblical timeline is established, specific people and events are seen to intersect with other calendars in the ancient world.