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In the 16th century, Archbishop Ussher dated Earth’s origin at Saturday, October 9, 4004 B.C. by adding up all the genealogies presented in the Bible. These calculations were soon incorporated into the notes of virtually every English Bible - soon becoming equivalent to what "the Bible claimed" about the creation date of the earth. However, there are problems with this interpretation. There are provable gaps in at least some of the Old and New Testament genealogies. The table above shows that the genealogy given by the apostle Matthew drops three generations. However, Matthew intentionally listed the generations in groups of 141 and left out less important individuals.
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