Pax Hart

Genesis 5: From Adam to Noah

Generations from Adam to Noah. I’m tempted to look at the math being presented and wonder if “month” or “week” was replaced with the word “year.”

And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image, and called him Set. And the days of Adam after he begot Seth were eight hundred years, and he begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Adam were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Genesis 5:3-5

130 months is 11 years, a reasonable age for child-rearing for a Neolithic man.
800 months is 67 years: not out of the question for old age.
930 months is 77 and a half years. Still, not out of the question for the lifespan of a Neolithic patriarch with lots of sons and daughters to care for him.

Another possibility is that the dates of the generations of Adam, suspicious because of their accuracy after being handed down, word-to-mouth, for thousands of years before they were ever written, were created by the monk class during the Middle Ages and follow some symbolic or otherwise lost formula.

And still another possibility is that God is all powerful, men lived for 900 years in the new earth, only the truth made its way into the scripture, and the ages are literal.

Which brings us to Noah…

The discovery of Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey completely changed our understanding of early man: placing advanced, communal construction projects thousands of years earlier than first thought.

People love to attribute early, advanced civilizations to ancient aliens, Atlantis, and on and on. I prefer to look not at fantastic origins, but the definition of “civilization”: a group of people organizing labor to achieve large projects.

While there are probably no Atlantean temples of polished marble at the bottom of the ocean, there were hunter-gatherers who were developing complex mythologies to explain the cosmos and cycles of birth, death, and harvest, then etching their findings in stone steles at auspicious sites. There were areas in southern Turkey where wheat was first selectively cultivated to support larger communities. And there were dogs, sheep and other beasts that creepeth upon the earth which became man’s companions and source of nourishment in exchange for care and tending.