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Sunday, June 17 2012
A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram
"Abram," as Abraham was originally named, is the English rendering of the Hebrew name, pronounced awv-rawm, which means esteemed father. The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You?) later renamed Abram as "Abraham," from the Hebrew name, pronounced awv-raw-hawm, which means father of a multitude. This series of "A Biography Of Abraham" will examine why and how Abraham became a key ancestor of the Messiah.
Humans have existed in two genealogical groups: the primary line of Adam and Eve, from which all humans that have ever lived are descended, and the subsequent line of Noah and his wife (her name is not recorded) from which all humans since the time of the Flood are descended i.e. while all humans that have ever existed are descended from Adam, not all humans that have ever existed are descended from Noah.
"8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped [see How Did The Flood Happen?], and the rain from heaven was restrained; 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
Just as humanity began in a new world, so too humanity started again in what was made into a new world - just as it will when salvation has been completed (see The Church: Mission Accomplished and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God), a coming out of Babylon and into a promised land that Abraham's life portrayed.
"8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
Humanity as it exists today was re-established from the three sons, and their wives (one of each i.e. there were only 8 people saved aboard the ark) of Noah and his wife.
"9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18-19 KJV)
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham"
After the Flood, the families of each of the sons of Noah inhabited their own territory, as illustrated on the map below (the red X shows where Jerusalem would be located - right in the geographic center of the lands of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
"10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
Ham produced some of the greatest nations known to ancient history, including Assyria and Babylon, and the people who made themselves inhabitants of what became the land of Israel.
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan [see The Sin Of Canaan].
Abram / Abraham was born of the line of Shem, in the land that is known today as Iraq.
"10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
The Holy Scriptures detail Abraham's genealogy from Shem. Note very carefully that Abraham was not an Israelite or a Jew - neither existed in the time of Abraham. Israelites originated from Abraham's grandson Jacob (see Where Jacob Became Israel and Are Levites 'Jews'?), while Jews originated from Jacob's son Judah (see Who Were The First Jews?).
"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:
That genealogy of Abraham was the root of the ancestry of King David and the Messiah.
"1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David [see Where Is The Messiah's Royal Line?], the son of Abraham.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah say about His ancestor Abraham?
This Day In History, June 17
1462: Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1579: Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England. He called it Nova Albion.
1631: Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 20 years building her mausoleum - the now world-famous Taj Mahal.
1673: French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi River.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into the French empire.
1867: Joseph Lister performed the first surgical operation under antiseptic conditions on his sister Isabella, at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary in Scotland.
1876 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse (the leader of the Sioux at the battle of the Little Bighorn a few days later, in which Custer and his 7th cavalry were wiped out) repelled General George Crook's attack at Rosebud Creek in Montana.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from Europe. It was a gift from France, designed by Frederic Bartholdi, to represent Libertas, a Roman idol goddess known since at least 200 BC.
1924: The Fascist militia marched into Rome.
1925: 29 countries signed the Geneva Protocol which prohibited the use of poison gas in war.
1939: The last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was beheaded in Versailles at the Saint-Pierre prison.
1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1972: Five White House operatives were arrested at the Democratic Party Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington. The break-in eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
1974: An Irish republican guerrilla bomb exploded at Westminster Hall, in the British Houses of Parliament injuring 11.
1994: After the "L.A. Freeway Bronco Chase," O.J. Simpson was arrested for the knife murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1997: During the Amsterdam conference of European Union members, a French diplomat replied in response to the slow progress of negotiations, "Rome wasn't built in a day" (see What Is The Mark Of The Beast? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?).