In the Bible’s book of Genesis, there have been talks of men who lived for over 900 years. These men were all born before the flood of Noah’s day and were among the first ten generations in human history. Some of these men that the Bible mentions of are Adam, Noah and Methuselah among several others.
But one cannot help but wonder if the Bible stories of these men living to such incredible number of years is indeed true or even possible. Let us take Methuselah for instance. I guess we are no strangers to the name Methuselah. Anyway for those hearing this name for the first time, according to the Bible he lived up to the shocking age of 969 years! About three decades more and he would have reached one thousand years. Then you ask yourself if this is really possible. Is this Bible account a fact or a myth? If it is a fact then why is it that in today’s world people can’t even reach past the age of 100? There has been significant advancement in science and health care yet we people of today still struggle with longevity.
So this brings me back to my question whether the Bible’s accounts of individuals who lived such astonishing long lives are simply myths or are they real facts?
Most scientists and lay people today have strongly discarded such accounts of longevity from the Bible as absolute myth whereas other scientist and experts have been a little soft on the side of the Bible saying that the Bible accounts might prove to be true. The reason they give is that maybe time was measured differently by then. They suggest that in the Bible days, there concept of time was totally different from today’s concept of time. This is something that I’m persuaded to agree with having ruminated on it.
Most of these experts say that in the Bible days what we call a month in today’s world was in those days referred to as a year. Therefore for example if someone lived for 4 years in today’s world, in the days of the Bible since a month was equal to a year then the person was said to have lived for 48 years. This might sound really convincing if one looks at it intently don’t you think so? Yes it really does make sense but not so fast yet. Let us not jump into conclusion yet – not until we have checked this out: According to the Bible’s book of Genesis, there have been several indications that go to show as prove that way back in the Bible days, people had the same concept of time as we do in today’s world. Let’s take this example from the book of Genesis 5:15-18 where it is said that a man named Mahalalel fathered a son at the age of 65 and went on to live for 830 years. In Genesis 5:21 it is also said his son Enoch fathered a son when he was 65 years old.
This simply means if we are to go by those that say one year today equals to a month in the Bible days, then according to my brilliant calculations, Mahalalel and Enoch both became fathers when they were somewhere around 5 years old! Which would be totally ridiculous.
In the light of this, my question still remains whether the Bible’s accounts of individuals who lived such astonishing long lives is a fact or plain myth? Does longevity in the Bible days make sense to you?