Genesis Chapter 11 Answers

This web page provides answers for the Genesis Bible study daily questions on chapter eleven. We pray that God will inspire you to live for Him and His glory as you study His word.

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Questions and Answers

1. Fill in the ages of the line of Shem on the chart in the space provided for each name. 

Click here to download a worksheet with answers (PDF file) to compare your answers for the descendants of Seth. 

A few words about the worksheet

Please understand that the years across the top and bottom of the chart in the worksheet do not represent a time line of equal points in time depicted horizontally. They simply represent the birth/death years of the patriarchs in a horizontal arrangement to demonstrate who was alive at what points in time and who was alive when others were also alive.


You may determine the year Noah was born by adding the years of the father's ages as provided in Genesis chapter 5 together to arrive at the year 1056. Add Adams age when Seth was born to the age of Seth when Enosh was born and so on and you will see that the year Noah was born was 1056.

Now that we know the year of Noah's birth was 1056, we can determine the birth year of Shem. From Genesis 7:11 we know the flood came when not was 600 years old. That puts us at the year 1656. From Genesis 11:10 we learn that Shem was 100 years old two years after the flood. This means that he was born 98 years before the flood in the year 1558. 

We learn from Genesis 11:10 that Shem was 100 years old when Arphaxad was born which places his birth year at 1658.

The other birth years all build on these birth years. 

Questions and Answers

2. Was Noah alive during Abrams lifetime? If so, how old was Abram when Noah died? 

Yes, 58 years 

3. Which 3 fathers outlived their sons?

  • Shem outlived Arphaxad
  • Eber outlived Peleg
  • Serug outlived Nahor

4. Which father outlived the most descendants? 

Eber outlived six, but Shem outlived eight. 

Questions and Answers

5. Who was the leader of the people who settled in Shinar? From which of the three sons of Noah did he descend? 

Nimrod was their leader, he descended from Ham (see verses 8-12) 

6. What two advantages did the people hope to gain in building the tower?

  • Make a name for themselves (verse 4)
  • Not be scattered over the whole face of the earth (verse 4)

7. Why were the people wrong to build the tower?

  • They were disobedient to Gods command to fill the earth - see Genesis 9:1
  • They were motivated by pride

Questions and Answers

8. What two things did God cause to happen to those who were building the tower?

  • They spoke different languages (verses 5-9)
  • They were scattered over all the earth (verses 5-9)

9. How were Shem and Terah similar as fathers but different than the other fathers listed in chapter 11? 

They are similar in that they both became fathers at a later age compared to the others. Sehm became a father at age 100 and Terah became a father at age 70. 

Compare this to the ages of the other fathers mentioned:

  • Arphaxad - 35 years old
  • Shelah - 30 years old
  • Eber - 43 years old
  • Peleg - 30 years old
  • Reu - 32 years old
  • Serug - 30 years old
  • Nahor - 29 years old

They are similar to each other but different from the others also because they both had more than one son listed (Shem’s are listed in Chap 10) 

10. How were Nimrod and Cain similar?

  • Both built cities
  • Both were rebellious to the Lord because both were told to roam but did not (see Genesis 4:12 and 9:1)

Questions and Answers

11. Which human characters that we have studied in these 11 chapters of Genesis have been:

  • The most disobedient - Adam, Cain
  • The most patient - Noah
  • The one with the most self pity - Cain
  • The most humble - Noah
  • The most proud - Nimrod or Lamech
  • The most naïve - Eve

12. What do we know so far about Abram?

  • He was the son of Terah
  • He married Sarah
  • He left with Terah, Sarah, and Lot to go to Canaan from Ur

13. After studying these 11 chapters of Genesis what have you learned that you can apply in your everyday life?

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