Bible Genealogy Controversy: Part I

*Henry B. Smith, Jr: is our guest. He's the Administrative Director of the Shiloh Excavations with Associates for Biblical Research (ABR). Henry is the host of both ABR's podcast and television program, Digging for Truth. Henry was a square supervisor at the Khirbet el-Maqatir Excavations in 2012 and 2013, and at Shiloh in 2017 and 2018. Born and raised in northwestern NJ, he earned a Bachelor’s in Economics from Rutgers and later graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion degree, emphasizing apologetics and Biblical languages. He is presently a PhD student in the Biblical Studies program at Amridge University. He is presently heading up the The Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogy and Chronology Research Project for ABR, authoring numerous works and videos on the subject, including: Primeval Chronology Restored, The Case for the Septuagint's Chronology in Genesis 5 and 11, and On the Authenticity of Kainan, Son of Arpachshad.

*Manuscript Traditions: Here is a chart of the genealogies of Genesis 5 & 11 in all three manuscripts that underlie the translations of the Bible we use today. (the Masoretic, the Septuagint, and the Samaritan Pentateuch) along with Henry's slide presentation on the subject.

*Begetting Matters: Minor variations, like the ones described in the stories of Cain and Abel, and Methuselah, and his son Lamech help us understand Henry's research techniques for forming his opinions regarding the various manuscript evidence regarding biblical texts.

*The Controversy... Next Week! Click through the links above for lots more on the topic, and tune in for part 2 of the broadcast and hear all about the controversy surrounding the begetting ages in Genesis, and hear Henry's conclusions.