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Answering The Atheist
May 25, 2003 / Volume 3, Issue 21

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Was Enoch the sixth or seventh from Adam? (Genesis 5:3-18; 1 Chronicles 1:1-2; Luke 3:37-38; Jude 14). Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Notice, the Genesis, 1 Chronicles and Luke passages all agree that the lineage is:
1) Adam
2) Seth
3) Enosh
4) Cainan
5) Mahalalel
6) Jared
7) Enoch.

If the text in Jude 14 had declared there to be an additional person in this lineage, or if it had excluded one who is here listed, then we would have a contradiction. However, Jude wrote, "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints...."

The questioner has determined this to be a contradiction by excluding Adam as one of the seven. On what basis is this done? Certainly not because Jude’s text requires it! As listed above, from Adam to Enoch are seven generations. That would make Enoch the "seventh from Adam".

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible