I found a few errors in my previous chart, all names that were missed in Genesis 25. I must have been sleeping when I read those. That is NOT to say that it’s perfect now, only that it’s better. In specific, I have added Abraham’s third wife/concubine and all of their children and the remainder of Ishmael’s children. I suspect that I need to add some dotted line Midians at some point, but I haven’t searched back and found all of the individuals identified as Midians yet.
There’s also a weird thing here: Sheba and Dedan are two siblings, children of Jokshan, one of Abraham’s sons. But they are also listed as children of Ramaah, seven generations earlier. (Noah -> Ham -> Cush -> Ramaah). There are a lot of repeated names in Genesis, so this is not a big deal, but it’s odd to have a repeated pair of siblings. (And Kings and Chronicles both talk about the Queen of Sheba, in the David story. Now I have no idea which of the two she was descended from. Oh well.)
Chart after the break…
Continue reading Genesis/Exodus – Genealogy Chart Update
What did someone say about moderation? I don’t remember…
I was considering revealing this a bit at a time as I go over Genesis, but then figured “what the Hell?” and just went ahead and did the whole thing. In short, this is (to the best of my ability) a complete list and family tree of every named character in Genesis. Post-Noah, where the tribe was mentioned, I would try and dotted-line back to it. I may have missed some cases and not all tribes mapped to ones mentioned in the “Table of Nations”.
Some of the incest is very difficult to show in chart form. Lot’s children with his daughters are just listed as their children; similarly, Judah’s children with his daughter-in-law Tamar are listed as just hers.
There are well-known “errors” in the genealogy data for Esau and I have tried to follow the convention. Esau’s three wives are each referred to by two different names and two separate wives are called “Basemath” (you can tell them apart because their parents are listed). I’ve smoothed that out and list Beeri and Anah as the parents of Judith since each are mentioned as her parents in different locations, maybe they were a couple. There are also some cases where an individual is listed as being someone’s son in one place and grandson in another. I’m taking that as “grandson” and assuming this is just a literary convention from the Hebrew translation.
This was done in OmniGraffle for the Mac. In some ways, it does a great job of laying out the trees and figuring out the best way to present the data. And yet, there are still too many lines and it does a terrible job sometimes of sorting children when a man has more than one wife and they both have children. Maybe I’ll fix this by hand eventually. Overall, this is readable but not great.
And finally, black lines are direct descent, dotted lines are tribal descent, and red lines are lists of kings. (In this case, Genesis has an oddly placed list of Kings of Edom with one of the kings married into Esau’s descendants. That is reproduced here in red for lack of a better way.)
And I’m done! Now to get back to procrastinating writing about Noah.
This is a last-minute addition to my labor of love, but since I’m behind on Noach anyway, why not be even more behind? Here is the complete chart of all of the “begats” up to Genesis 12, to be best of my ability. All named sons and daughters are present here, as well as (when I can) references to individuals that are listed as the progenitors of nations. All of the names are from the JPS translation, but most of the spelling differences should be obvious enough.
In a future revision, I may color-code whether or not the individual has anything actually said about him or her. For example, Enoch and Nimrod both have mini-stories, but some are named once only in a “begat”.
Without further ado:
(Update: Replaced version created by LovelyCharts.com, which is a fantastic builder but the export was blurry, with a version done in OmniGraffle for the Mac. This version is a bit more smooshed than I would like, but I had fun, anyway.)