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What Does the Bible Say About..The Age of the Earth?

I have read the topical index of questions, and you seem to give very good answers. I read one answer that concerned the glaciers of the last Ice Age, which you said had occurred about 14,000 years ago. I realize the Bible is mostly silent on such matters, but how do you reconcile an earth that is presumably millions of years old, a history of manlike creatures dating back through eons, and even the glaciers of more than 10,000 years ago with the timeline of Genesis? Counting back the generations puts Adam and Eve on earth somewhere around 6,000 years ago.


Thank you for carefully reading my answers, and questioning them. I can make mistakes, too, and appreciate when they are pointed out.

I looked back at the answer to which you refer. Although it could be misleading, in my defense I did not say that the previous ice age occurred 14,000 years ago. What I said was that it was dated at that time, and that men were dated on the earth at that time. In answering a pseudo-scientific question, I used dates that the person in question would understand to show that even their own conception of the ice ages was incorrect according to science. I do not necessarily agree with the dates given by the scientists.

On the other hand, I don't necessarily agree with the 6,000 year date of the earth, either. That date is based on the genealogical records of Genesis 5. While that chapter is pretty specific about ages when their sons were born, we find some apparent deletions in the lists. For instance, Luke (Lk 3:36) includes another individual, Cainan, between Arphaxad ben Shem and Salah. Jewish genealogies are known to drop out generations when necessary. For instance, in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, in order to make it fourteen generations from Abraham to David and fourteen generations from David to the Babylonian captivity, he leaves out four generations. Between Jehoram and Uzziah (Matt 1:8) should be Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah. Between Josiah and Jechoniah (verse 11) came Jehoiachim. So the world could be older than the 6,000 years calculated from Genesis 5 (which also requires knowing a specific date for Abraham, which few historians can place with any degree of confidence).

The Bible is not a book of science, and science doesn't deal with the spiritual subject of the Bible. We can not date the age of the earth from the Bible, but need not trust the dates of the scientists, either. Whatever the date of the earth, and of man on the earth, the point was still valid that even using the dates proposed by scientists (whether correct or not), the proposition that there was no grass before the "ice age" was patently false. And, yes, my answer may have been misleading. Thank you for pointing it out.