Do the Biblical Genealogies Indicate Direct Descent?

  • ben – son, grandson, great-grandson, etc.

  • ab – father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc.

Harris, R.L., G.L. Archer, and B.K. Wilke. 1980. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Vol. 1. Moody Press, Chicago, IL, pp. 5-6, 113-114.

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The Hebrew word ben, besides the meaning of "son," can refer to a grandson, great-grandson, etc., since there is no other Hebrew equivalent. Likewise, the Hebrew word ab, besides the meaning of "father," can refer to a grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. For this reason, the biblical genealogies could represent highlights of the complete genealogy, with only the most noteworthy generations represented.

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Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions:


ben ben (Strong's H1121)

  1. son, grandson, child, member of a group

    1. son, male child

    2. grandson

    3. children (plural - male and female)

    4. youth, young men (plural)

    5. young (of animals)

    6. sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for unrighteous men] or sons of God [for angels])

    7. people (of a nation) (plural)

    8. of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (figuratively)

    9. a member of a guild, order, class

  2. originator or patron of a class, profession, or art

  3. of producer, generator (figuratively)

  4. of benevolence and protection (figuratively)

  5. term of respect and honour

  6. ruler or chief (specifically)

Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number:
from H1129
Same Word by TWOT Number: 254

ab ab (Strong's H1)

  1. father of an individual

  2. of God as father of his people

  3. head or founder of a household, group, family, or clan

  4. ancestor

    1. grandfather, forefathers - of person

    2. of people

  5. originator or patron of a class, profession, or art

  6. of producer, generator (figuratively)

  7. of benevolence and protection (figuratively)

  8. term of respect and honour

  9. ruler or chief (specifically)

Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 4a

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