[b-hebrew] Genealogy of David
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Feb 24 16:59:03 EST 2005
On 24/02/2005 20:54, Yigal Levin wrote:
>>The full genealogy from Perez son of Judah to David is given in Ruth
>>4:18-22, 1 Chronicles 2:5,9-15, Matthew 1:2-6 and Luke 3:32-33. In each
>>case the list is (Jacob), (Judah), Perez, Hezron, Ram, Amminadab,
>>Nahshon, Salmon/Salma, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David. So 11 recorded
>>generations to cover probably at least 700 years:
>Why 700 years. Assuming that the average male has his first son at age 25
>(which is probably high for ancient Israel, but would compensate for some
>late starters or cases in which the son listed is not the eldest), 11
>geneations would cover 275 years.
Precisely, as I wrote in the continuation of this sentence:
>it looks as if
>>something must have been left out ...
But don't count on the length of a generation being so short. In some
societies it is common for men not to get married until their 40's, so a
generation length could be as long as 40 years. My "700 years" came from
estimates of the time between Jacob and David. I agree that this is
rather uncertain, but no one suggests it was as short as 275 years. For
one thing, there are I think also 11 recorded generations from Jacob to
Joshua, which could not have taken much less than 200 years.
>>... Four generations are unlikely to cover 230 years. So four
>>generations from the Conquest to David seems too few on almost any
>Once again - 4 generations are about 200 years. 230 is not that far.
No, on your assumptions 4 generations are about 100 years. 230 years
means 57½ years per generation, not impossible but improbable.
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