Bible Genealogy Controversy: Part II

*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).

*Dismissing the Septuagint? Hear Bob address the topic of the Septuagint with Ann Habermill on the air, and in his Bible study through Isaiah.

*Chronomessianism: Hear about the history of chronological messianic speculation at the time of Jesus, and afterward.

*Motive, Means & Opportunity: Could the spiritual conflict regarding Jesus' Messiahship have inspired a calculated effort to change the texts? Hear Henry's evidence, check out the links above, and form your own opinion.

*No Excuses: We're thankful to have the inerrant Word of God available to us. The Holy Spirit assures us "The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart...” (Rom 10:8) . Whether one believes in the providential preservation of the text itself, or the necessity for systematic and serious studies of the scriptures present in a variety of manuscript & translations, this we know: "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse..." (Rom 1:18-20).