Generations (Photo credit: Mr. Jay Yohe)

Scientists have known for some time now (much to their astonishment) that all people everywhere can be traced back to just a handful of people. Although they would like to have people evolving away from apes several million years ago, the farthest they can push back a single common ancestor for all guys (Y chromosome) is 140,000 years!

BTW artifacts show modern people go much “earlier in time” than even a million years ago. We have fossilized footprints and signs of hunting that date to well over a million years. Do you think they are relying on a bunch of assumptions to get their dates? To keep their brains from frying between these two ideas, they say these first people were not “anatomically modern.” I think they’re just disguising some major problems!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe genetics that guys carry are remarkably similar across the world. As for ladies, we have… WAIT! let’s see if you can guess how many direct lines back to Eve:

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Genesis 7:7 

What do we have here?

  • One dad passed on his genes to all three sons: check!
  • How many wives that didn’t have to be sisters? Three! Researchers call them Halotype M, N, and R. I’d probably call them SW, HW and JW (can you guess why?) 😀

It’s funny how Evolutionists refuse to let the Bible be true. They badly want us to come from anywhere except near the mountains of Ararat. The Americas and Australia are out as a first region (everyone knows those people migrated not too long ago), while Eurasia is too close to the Bible, which leaves Africa as their only option. So, where do they put “mitochondrial eve”? Ethiopia, or some other favored spot in the north. That’s about as close to Ararat as you can get without admitting the truth.

OK, now we get to our title topic. The Bible says there were 10 generations from Adam to Noah during the 1,600 or so years before the Flood. Then it starts focusing in on Jacob’s family pretty quickly. Genesis 11 tells us that from Noah to Abraham was another 10 generations. At least for one man, we know exactly how many great grandfathers he had:

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So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Matthew 1:17

14×3=42 plus 20 back to Adam = 62 generations from the dawn of time to Jesus. That’s cool!

What about you and me? Well, we have to do a lot more guessing, but it’s not actually too hard. We can be pretty sure that the generations would have been about the same up to the time of Abraham and history tells us that was “early 2nd millennium BC” (amazingly, they are probably right on that!). That gives us about 3,800 years between his time and right now.

Figuring out how far apart an average parent is from their average child isn’t as easy as you might think. One thing you will notice looking at Jesus’ ancestry is that a bunch of his grandpas were really old when they had their son who joined them on that line. Even Evolutionists are realizing this is a bigger issue than they would have liked. It looks like a reasonable gap would be even bigger than the 20-25 years I’ve always heard!

So, lest try something easy, how ’bout 30 years per generation?

3,800 divided by 30 = 126 2/3 generations

That means the average person on earth today would have 146 or 147 great grandpas between them and Adam! Even with only 20 years per generation you get exactly 200 grandpas back to Noah.


Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9 

(of course, this is just dad’s, dad’s, dad… there would be a lot more people listed if we include moms and dads, but the generation count is accurate)

For more see these great articles:

Creation Ministries International: Adam, Eve and Noah vs Modern Genetics

Institute for Creation Research: Human Mutation Clock Confirms Creation A Simple Experiment Which Should Refute Creationism? 

Cheri Fields

I'm a homeschooling blogger and book writer. The gift God has given me for His kingdom is to understand complex stuff (mostly) and share it with others using everyday words. It is a joy to share God's wonders with all kinds of people and especially the next generation!