Genesis 5 of the Bible implies the creation of Adam and Eve as the first man and woman on the Earth, extending to the ten generations between Adam and Noah. However, keeping up with all the important names and their relations can become overwhelming.
Here, nothing better than a visual guide explanation of Adam and Eve’s family tree can help you. It offers an understandable depiction of genealogical relationships between their descendants. Moreover, it closely depicts the interactions between Adam’s lineage and how it shaped today’s world we live in.
So, let us get in and discuss this family tree in detail.
Part I. Adam and Eve’s Family Tree
2.1. Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on Earth sent from God, as believed by the three Abrahamic faiths. When Adam was in deep sleep in the Garden of Eden, God took his rib and created Eve, founding the origin of the human species.
Soon enough, tempted by a serpent, they committed the crime of eating the forbidden apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil against God’s order. As a result, they were cast out of paradise and punished to live on the earth.
Cain and Abel
Adam and Eve’s firstborn was Cain, derived from the Hebrew name Qayin, meaning “one acquired”. As per Genesis 4:2, “Cain worked the soil”, implying that he was a farmer.
The second son Abel’s birth is also depicted in Genesis 4:2. His name was derived from the Hebrew name Hebel meaning “breath”, indicating his shorter life. Unlike his brother, Abel chose to become a shepherd. As per Genesis 4:2 (NIV), Abel kept flocks.
Later on, the two brothers gave offerings to God from the material they produced from their occupation. Abel offered his firstborn lamb whereas Cain chose to give a part of his harvested crops.
However, God accepted Abel’s offerings against Cain's crop, arousing jealousy and resentment against his brother, as described in Genesis 4:5; though there is no clear evidence of why his crops were rejected.
As per Genesis 4:6, Cain asked Abel to go with him to the field, where he killed him, despite a clear warning from God in Genesis 4:5. Consequently, God punished Cain by declaring him “a homeless wanderer on the earth”.
However, Cain replied that he could not accept this punishment and it was better to be killed by anyone who found him first. In response, God ordered that whoever executed Cain would himself be killed seven times, leaving Cain isolated in the world.
Seth, the third son was born after 800 years of Abel's death. Adam and Eve had other children during this time. The name “Seth” was derived from the Hebrew word Sheth, which means “appointed” or “substituted”. According to Genesis 4:25, Eve said on the birth of Seth “God has granted me another son in place of Abel who Cain killed”.
Seth later married and had a son named Enosh. The Genesis 5 explores the descendants of Seth, from Enosh to Noah.
2.3. Adam and Eve’s Grandchildren
The descendants of Seth Genesis 5
- Adam parented Seth when he was 130 years old. He lived for around 930 years.
- Seth was 105 years old when he parented Enosh. After this, Seth lived for 807 years.
- Enosh had Kenan at the age of 90 years. Enosh lived for sound 905 years.
- Kenan had Mahalalel when he was 70 years old. Kenan lived for 910 years.
- Mahalalel parented Jared at the age of 65 years. After this, Mathalalel had a life of 830 years.
- Jared parented Enoch when he was 162 years old. Jared had a life of 962 years.
- Enoch parented Methuselah when he was 65 years old. Enoch lived for 365 years.
- Methuselah parented Lamech at the age of 187 years. Methuselah lived for 969 years.
- Lamech parented Noah at the age of 182 years. Lamech lived for 777 years.
- Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth when he was 500 years old.
The descendants of Cain Genesis 4:17-26
- After Cain went away to the land of Nod meaning “wandering” in the East of Eden, he gave birth to Enoch.
- Enoch had a son named Irad.
- Irad’s son was Mehujael.
- Mehujael was the father of Lamech.
- Lamech took two wives (Adah and Zillah) for himself by disregarding God’s order and became the first polygamist in the Bible. Adah gave birth to Jabal who became a musician, lived in tents, and had his own livestock.
Part II. How to Make Such a Family Tree in Minutes?
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Step1Select a Template
Visit the Template Community on the EdrawMax dashboard and type Family Tree in the search box. From the list of templates on your screen, choose the one that closely matches your requirements. Next, press Use Immediately.
Now that you are on the editing panel, drag and drop shapes on the canvas from the left-side symbol library. Build connections using the floating button with each shape. Once you have a layout, start writing on any shape by double-clicking it.
Step3Customize the Family Tree
After this, go to the Design tab on the top toolbar and make your diagram visually appealing. It allows you to change the font style, color scheme, and theme of your family tree.
Step4Download and Export
Finally, export your family tree in a preferred format (Visio, PPT, PDF, JPG, and more). Click File Menu > Export > Preferred Format from the top-left corner.
Adam and Eve connect humanity to Jesus and the foundational biblical testaments, new and old. Their fall from heaven was a punishment along with little hope to repent for the judgment day. Modern Christians are linked with the historical Adam and Eve with an extension of almost seventy generations.
However, comprehending these generations can become challenging when you have no visual guide. Though there are no specific ages and timelines noted in the bible for these generations, the interpretation of this Adam and Eve family tree may help you get a grasp of doctrines. It depicts the interactions and relations between the following ten generations up to Noah.