‘Abraham and the Angels’ by Aert de Gelder

Is There a Natural Explanation For The Unnatural Ages in Genesis?

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Rydberg argued that the Masoretic text was based on Babylonian documents for exactly this purpose.

The Septuagint, on the other hand, was corrected to harmonize with the historical documents of the Egyptians, most probably Manetho’s Aegyptiaca. When comparing lineages of the patriarchs after the flood in the Septuagint, they seem to match the king lists of the Egyptians up to the time of the 30th dynasty.

The time of the first eleven dynasties of Egypt adds up to a period of 2262 years, and so do the Septuagint numbers of the patriarchs before the flood.

Genesis 5:24: "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (KJV) illustration from the 1728 ‘Figures de la Bible’; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Genesis 5:24: "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (KJV) illustration from the 1728 ‘Figures de la Bible’; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries. ( Public Domain ) Enoch was the seventh of the ten pre-Deluge Patriarchs.

Likewise, the time from the flood to the Exodus amounts to 1777 years in the Septuagint, which matches the time from the twelfth dynasty up until Pharaoh Tutmosis. And finally, the time from the Exodus to the end of the 30th dynasty is 1117 years in both the Septuagint and the extant fragments of Aegyptiaca.

In sum, Rydberg’s paper suggests that the numbers in Genesis 5 were originally an astronomical table, but when Greek calendars made the jubilee calendars obsolete these numbers were used to reconcile the histories of the Hebrews with the Babylonians in the Masoretic text, and with the Egyptians in the Septuagint.

Top Image: ‘Abraham and the Angels’ by Aert de Gelder ( Wikipedia). Abraham was said to have lived to the age of 175.

By Nils Ekblad

Comments

I think in the early days of civilization before they fully understood the motion of the earth around the sun and how to measure the length of a year they counted moon cycles to mark their age, but that got lost in translation. We can see and count the cycles of the moon which gives us a 29½ day calendar. A man of 960 moons would be about 84 years old, a man of 600 moons would be about 53 years old etc.

I wonder whether anyone else has picked up on the fact that the bible talks of the earth having BECOME dark and void ? There is no mention of the earth itself being created at that point only of it apparently being restored and repopulated. If this is so then a worldwide catastrophe could well have resulted in the extinction of all previous life. So a new era began exactly when the bible says it did, yet the earth itself was ancient. Whether you believe the bible or not, a devastated earth would have restored itself over time - just as it will once again after we have have stupidly destroyed it (either through our constant attacks on nature or through nuclear war.)

Veronica-Mae, I have studied the first 5 chapters of Genesis very deeply and have arrived at this very same conclusion. The planet was covered by a shroud of dust, smoke and debris, so that the shape of the Earth could not be determined from the outside, so that the gods had to come down to the surface to see what they were doing "the spirit of god moved upon the face of the waters."
Mankind is VERY destructive, so that we may have "killed" it many times in the past and left not a trace behind.

So how long were their lives?

These people lived during the Epoch of Immortals. They weren't human beings as we think of them today. They were something else entirely different. These were decendants of the GOD's or were demi-gods. During the age of the Immortals - long lifespans and also physical great size were common. The Giants of Pre-deluvion age were also Immortals and 500 years wasn't uncommon for them either. The Immortal beings lived with and walked amongst the Dinosuars and lasted into the Pleistocene Era. The Biblical stories are out of context because of confusion on time lines and when things took place. There was far more going on all around the Earth, than just in the ancient middle east, and archaeology is bearing this out. The bible whats to discount every other narrative and account other than its own. Which makes it biased. Isn't it a bit odd how in antiquity there were great cultures that predated the period of the Biblical Stories by hundreds of thousands of years - and no mention is made of them. Creationists love to point out that the bible says the Earth in no more than 5-7,000 year sold - yet fossil remains clearly indicate life going back as far as BIllions of years ago - ( Kona Dolamite rock is fossilized algae and the oldest in the world ) The God Anubus lived appox. 500,000 -100,000 years ago. ( yes, he was a real being ) And lets not forget the Indian Vedic Texts and the story they tell , all 50,000 to 10,000 years ago or possibly longer.

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