While only 4 generations are listed from Levi to Moses, 12 generations listed from Joseph to Joshua during the same time period.
It has been suggested that the Mosaic genealogies are perhaps only 20 to 40 percent complete.
Archer says the absence of “the” implies a more vague meaning than 24 hours—an indefinite but literal sense of time or age.
Similarly, YECs claim “day” (yôm) accompanied by the phrase “and there was evening and there was morning” necessitates a 24-hour day interpretation.
Those who hold that the genealogies are telescoped place the creation of Adam and Eve around 10 to 30 thousand years ago, but perhaps as late as 60,000 years ago.
Experts in Old Testament genealogy note there is wide-spread consensus regarding dates and chronology from the time of Abraham.
Reference to the Sabbath in Exodus 20 illustrates God’s pattern of six days of work and one day of rest, not their duration: God’s six yôms (epochs) of creating and one of rest. The land’s six years of cultivation and one year of rest (Leviticus 25:4).
Gleason Archer notes, “By no means does this demonstrate that 24-hour intervals were involved in the first six ‘days,’ any more than the eight-day celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles proves that the wilderness wanderings under Moses occupied only eight days.” Both young-earth and old-earth creationists believe the Bible is inspired and defend their views as being literal. Bruce Waltke asserts young-earth exegesis is hindered by an adherence to a “woodenly literal” reading of Genesis.
Today many Bible scholars believe the Genesis genealogies were written primarily to provide only highlights and not necessarily a complete record of every actual generation. Moses’ genealogy is given as Levi to Kohath to Amran to Moses.Below are the fundamental beliefs of old-earth (“day-age”) creationism.Proponents of OEC believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God and believe the Genesis creation account to be historical narrative—not myth, allegory, legend or poetic expression.Though the work of creation has ceased, God’s ongoing work of bringing salvation to humanity continues: “Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said…Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:3,11).Many in the young-earth community point to Exodus 20:9-11 as evidence for a creation week of 24-hour days: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
The cornerstone of belief in a 6,000-year-old earth rests solely on the genealogies providing a totally accurate and complete chronology. In the late 19 centuries, Professor William Henry Green and theologian Benjamin B. It is founded upon the supposition that the genealogies of Scripture are intended to be complete, but a careful study of these genealogies clearly shows they are not intended to be complete, that they oftentimes contain only some outstanding names.” There are gaps in the genealogies.