Do the Biblical Genealogies Indicate Direct Descent?

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And Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan. (Genesis 5:9)

And Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of the family line that culminated with Kenan. (Genesis 5:9)

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The flexible, literal meanings of the Hebrew words ben and ab allow for many more generations than are listed in the biblical genealogical records. Therefore, instead of referring to a direct son, the genealogy could be referring to a family line that culminated in the next named "son."

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