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The following is a summary of the biblical evidence presented on this website regarding the age of the earth.
For more detailed explanations of each topic, please click on the associated link.
As indicated earlier, the Bible does not fix the age of the earth, contrary to the claims of Answers in Genesis.
Historically, their claim comes from the work of James Ussher, Bishop in the Church of Ireland, from 1625 to 1656.
The first, and foremost, assumption is that the genealogies of Genesis are complete, from father to son throughout the entire course of human existence.
The second assumption is that the Genesis creation "days" were exactly 24-hours in length. Although Archbishop Ussher assumed the Genesis genealogies were complete, it is clear from the rest of the Bible that those genealogies were telescoped (some names were left out for the sake of brevity), which is common in biblical genealogies but rare in modern genealogies.
Adam was placed into the garden "to work it and take care of it" (Genesis ).In fact, the original biblical languages contained many fewer words than modern English, which means that the words in those languages had more different meanings.In the Genesis 1 creation account, each "day" ends as "evening and morning 'n' day," where "n" is the day's number.In reality, the Bible makes no claim as to the age of the earth, although it does establish a minimum age.This page examines some of the history of the controversy—what the Bible actually says and does not say—and the scientific evidence surrounding the age of the earth.