Analysis of the Marriage and Ascendancy Pattern of Abraham’s Ancestors
Alice C. Linsley ©1981
The diagram shows endogamous marriage between of the ruling lines of Cain and Seth (Adam’s sons) and the descendants of their wives, the daughters of Enoch, a contemporary of Adam.
The left side of the diagram lists Cain’s descendants (Gen. 4), and the right side lists Seth’s descendants (Gen. 5).
The king lists of Genesis 4 and 5 must be studied together to understand the marriage and ascendancy pattern of these early rulers.
Each ruler had two wives. One wife was a half-sister (as was Sarah to Abraham), and the second wife was a patrilineal cousin (as was Keturah to Abraham). The cousin bride named her first-born son after her father. This is illustrated by Naamah, the daughter of Lamech the Elder. She married her cousin Methuselah and named their first-born son Lamech, after her father.
The line of the cousin wife can be traced through the cousin bride’s naming prerogative. Another example: Irad’s daughter married her patrilineal cousin and named their first-born son Jared after her father. Irad (YRD) and Jared (YRD) are linguistically equivalent names. Likewise, Kain's unnamed daughter married her cousin Enosh and named their first-born son Kenan.