VI. Our Problematic Texts
“And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot [yalad] Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” (Gen 5:32 NKJV)
If scholars who attempt to calculate a precise Biblical timeline apply
the same interpretation of yalad to Genesis 5:32 and 11:26 as they do
in the rest of Genesis 5, 10, and 11 then the only
consistent, literal conclusion is that Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and
Japheth were triplets, as were Abraham, Nahor, and Haran.
“Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot [yalad] Abram [Abraham], Nahor, and Haran.” (Gen 11:26 NKJV)
Is the Bible suggesting that these patriarchs were triplets?
Should we interpret yalad in Genesis 5:32 and 11:26 differently than in the
other passages in which it occurs?