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The accuracy of the chronologies in Genesis 5 and 11 has been greatly debated. People have proposed various means of adjusting the figures to more realistic values, on the assumption that there has been some textual error. (This is partly motivated by differences between the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint, suggesting some confusion on the part of ...


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Because God said so :-) I can think of several practical reasons but they are mostly speculation. In order to not let the natural process of decay and corruption mess up the gene pool too much he may have let people live longer early on. See: Is incest a sin? Additionally this would have helped with the minimum number of people needed for a stand-alone ...


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It is relevant that Methuselah died just before the flood. Just have a look at the names of the first 10 generations leading up to Noah: Adam - Man (CJBPG) Seth - Appointed Enosh - Mortal, weak (Smith's, Hitchcock's, Nave's) Kenan - Sorrow Mahalelel - The Praise of Lord (Smith's, Fausset's, Easton's, Nave's) Jared - Descend (Smith's, Fausset's, Easton's, ...


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According to this article, Methuselah can mean a few things, one of which is, "when he is dead, it shall be sent." Methuselah was of the line of Noah, of course, so it's quite possible that Noah followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His father Lamech died earlier, as indicated in Genesis 5. So, if Methuselah was a righteous man like his ...


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Not all extant versions of the Book of Genesis say that Methuselah died the year of the Flood. Wikipedia gives the following: In the Masoretic text, he died at 969, in the year of the Flood Septuagint (Alexandrinus), he died at 969, six years before the Flood Septuagint (Vaticanus), he died at 969, fourteen years after the Flood Samaritan text, he died at ...


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We know that he was around up until the time of the flood, and that he didn't end up on the Ark with Noah. Beyond that, we don't know. But there are a few possibilities that are consistent with what we do know: He could have fallen spiritually and become wicked like the rest of the earth. Or he could have finally died soon before the flood, leaving no one ...


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The two words are completely unrelated. The "Meth" in methamphetamine simply means "one", just like methane, methyl, methanol, etc. It's a common chemistry convention. The meaning of Methuselah is ambiguous due to Ancient Hebrew script discarding the vowels. It's not clear whether the original first syllable is mat (a man) or mut (death). According to ...


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The "canopy" is an extra-biblical answer, but one generally given by the Institute for Creation Research and Answers In Genesis has to do with the climate pre-flood. During the creation, it was said that the waters above were separated from the waters below, and during the flood, it is said that water came from both places. The implication is that there ...



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