Mea Culpa: Abraham Wasn’t A Triplet…

I posted earlier on Facebook that Genesis 11:24 seems to suggest Abraham might have been one of triplets, but Tom Cottrell pointed out a much better explanation:

“I was reading the life of Abraham with a friend, and I decided that the text did not intend to say triplets, only that Terah started having sons when he was 70. The reasoning (not original to me) goes this way: Terah is 205 when he dies (Gen 11:32). Abraham leaves Haran when he is 75 (Gen 12:4). In Acts 7, Stephen says that Abraham leaves Haran after his father dies. If Terah were 70 when Abraham was born, Terah would be 145 when Abraham left, but Stephen refutes that. The alternative is that Terah is 135 when Abraham is born. The ordering in Gen 11:24 is about pre-eminence, not birth order.”

Thanks, Tom, and good catch! A good reminder that we need to read texts in the context of all of Scripture, not in isolation…

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