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Abraham Lived During The Life Of Shem

He was no doubt familiar with antediluvian events and would have given to his generation a very direct account of the same.

Abraham was one of Shem’s most distinguished descendants. (The line of descent from Shem down to Abraham is listed in Genesis 11:10-26.)  This is listed on the Bible Timeline Chart around 2004 BC. His ancestors were ordered as follows.

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Ancestor Age Upon Fatherhood Age Upon Death
Shem 100 600
Arphaxad 35 438
Shelah 30 433
Eber 34 464
Peleg 30 239
Reu 32 239
Serug 30 230
Nahor 29 148
Terah 70 205
Abraham 100 175

 

Abraham and Shem
“The genealogy of Shem to Abraham according to the Bible”

Abraham (then named Abram) was born in Ur of the Chaldeans in Mesopotamia when his father Terah was 70 years old. There were several generations linking Shem with Abraham. However, Shem was still alive when Abraham was born. As mentioned in Genesis 11:11, Shem lived 500 years more after the birth of Arphaxad. This overlapping of years between the two may have allowed Abraham to learn about the antediluvian events directly from one of the people who survived the flood such as Shem. This included the Genesis creation narrative, the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, as well as other notable ancestors who came before Shem. Although the construction of the Tower of Babel was mentioned before the appearance of Abraham in Genesis 11, it is not clear whether Abraham lived before, during, or after this event.

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6 thoughts on “Abraham Lived During The Life Of Shem

  1. It is clear Abram/Abraham lived after the Tower of Babel. In fact, the scattering more than likely occured at or right after Peleg. Fot is says, he was called Peleg because the earth was divided. This would put the scattering at about 101 years after the flood.

  2. What is the possibility that shem could have been the ageless one or the king of Salem Abraham paid tribute to and the new testament refers to him as the king with no begining and no end after the order of Melchizedek

    1. I was thingking the same but bible said clearly about Shem parents and the ages of his life.

  3. In reference to Abram knowing Shem, a disputed book ” the book of jasher” records Abram living and serving Shem for almost 40 years before going back to his fathers house and destroying his fathers idols which were also Nimrods idols . Then it goes on to Abram being thrown into a brick kiln and walking around unharmed.

  4. Wait…if the calculation based on on the chart, wouldnt this mean that Seth was 560 years old when Abraham died. Thats mean he still live another 40 years after Abraham died ?

  5. Wait…if the calculation based on on the chart, wouldnt this mean that Shem was 560 years old when Abraham died. Thats mean he still live another 40 years after Abraham died ?

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