I’m procrastinating again, but I found an absolutely wonderful (and geeky) link that I just had to share. It does have another unnecessary Doctor Who reference, and I absolutely promise to not do two of those in a row again.
I’ve just discovered “Five Minute Bible”, an absolutely brilliant set of brief podcasts by “tim”. Topics range from the serious to the silly and I feel I could be spending quite a bit of time with “tim” in five-minute increments over the next couple of weeks. Check him out:
- God the Dalek – Tim looks at God’s genocidal tendencies in the Hebrew Bible, specifically a passage in Deuteronomy 7. Spoilers: He finds that when God is using particularly inflammatory language, he’s just exaggerating for effect. (And shows clues in the text to point at this determination.)
- Humor in the Bible – Genesis – Tim looks at places where the bible uses wordplay or other techniques be humorous, though we may read it as being dry today. There’s a whole series of these going through most of the books and well worth a listen.
- Understanding the Prophets – Amos – The maintainer may be on vacation since this is dated almost a month ago, but this is the most recent of his podcasts.
I hope you find some enjoyment in these. My post on Sukkot in the Bible should be ready tomorrow.
It’s been several months since I’ve done any genealogy updates and there is a good reason for that: broken tools. The software that I was using to render the images was increasing buggy as I was completing the work on Numbers. What’s more, there was no way to export to something else. So, I’ve had to start over.
But this time, I’m cooking up my own system based on publicly available tools and a decent amount of programming. If you are a geek, or at least interested in the deep innards of my brain, read on.
Continue reading Biblical Genealogy Revisited – Genesis Complete
I’ve just completed adding Exodus to my geneology chart of every named character in the bible. Compared to Genesis, this was easy: only about 46 named characters (some of them aren’t really named, like Pharaoh, but I include them anyway), far far fewer than there are in Genesis. That makes sense: I found 27 generations of names in Genesis, but only 5 in Exodus. I expect to find even fewer in Leviticus.
The image, and more notes, after the break.
Continue reading Genealogy – Exodus Complete!
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.