This shows again why the genealogies can't be trusted. There are textual variations in different copies of Luke. There are Greek manuscripts of Luke that have another name, Admin, inserted, which brings the count to 77:
Originally Posted by duxrow
NAS Luke 3:33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
The wiki offers some important insights:
Augustine So all the conclusions from genealogies are just word games. Augustine counted 77 and thought that was significant because it relates to Christ's statement about forgiving 70 x 7 times (or 77 times in some versions), just like you think that 66 is significant because it corresponds to the number of books in the modern Protestant Bible. And when a name is omitted? No problem! We'll just count generations from Adam instead of from God! That solves everything. This shows why arbitrary after-the-fact pattern fitting is highly suspect. Nobody can have any confidence that the "patterns" they find really mean anything or were intended by the "Holy Ghostwriter." People just make up whatever it takes to "find" (i.e. invent) whatever "pattern" they like. Things like this have been going on for thousands of years.
notes that the count of generations in Luke is 77, a remarkable number symbolizing the forgiveness of all sins.
This count also agrees with the seventy generations from Enoch
set forth in the Book of Enoch
, which Luke probably knew.
Though Luke never counts the generations as Matthew does, it appears that he too follows the hebdomadic
principle of working in sevens. However, Irenaeus
, one of the earliest witnesses, counts only 72 generations from Adam.
Since the nature of Luke’s genealogy has made it particularly susceptible to scribal corruption, determining the original text from the manuscript evidence has been especially problematic. The most controversial section, oddly, is in the ancestry of David, which is well established in the Old Testament. Although the reading “son of Aminadab, son of Aram,” in agreement with the Old Testament, is well attested, the Nestle-Aland
critical edition, considered the best authority by most modern scholars, accepts the variant “son of Aminadab, son of Admin, son of Arni,”
counting the 77 generations from Adam rather than God.