Figure 61: Genealogy of the Hebrew Patriarchs and Matriarchs
For a full discuss of the events and their implications see
Sagas of the Hebrew Patriarchs:
History, Mythology, and Social Structure
- The usual equal sign symbol for marriage is replaced with a horizontal
line running beneath and connecting husbands and wives.
Thus Terah is indicated as having two wives; Abraham is married to
Sarah and Hagar.
- Upward running diagonal lines indicate cross-generational
marriages or sexual encounters generations. Thus Nahor is married to
his brother's daughter and Isaac, to his father's brother's son's
- Counter-running diagonal lines indicate descent from a couple who
have married across generations. Thus Bethuel is Nahor's and
Milkah's son, and Jacob and Esau are children of Isaac and Rebekah.