From Adam to Noah
1 This is the written account of Adam’s family line.
When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. 7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.
9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.
12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah[c] and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
a. Hebrew adam
b. Father may mean ancestor; also in verses 7-26.
c. Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort.
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.