If you read the Bible regularly you know that much of it consists of genealogies. Many of us find them uninteresting; we skim through them and wonder why they are in the Bible at all. But if we believe the Bible was inspired by God we must also believe that the genealogies are important or God wouldn’t have included them in the Bible in the first place.
We live in a culture which emphasizes individual rights and freedoms. Sometimes we focus so much on individuality that we forget we are also connected to others. The genealogies remind us of one of the most important connections, that of family.
In the 17th century Archbishop James Ussher studied the chronology of the Bible and came to the conclusion that the world was created in 4004 BC and for a long time this date was widely accepted. The date was partly based on the genealogies in chapters 5 and 11 of Genesis. He believed that these genealogies were complete and never skipped any generations. A study of genealogies in other parts of the Bible shows that this might not be the case.