How to explain the very long lives of people like Methuselah in the Old Testament?


#1

Hey everyone. How does one explain the very long lives of people like Methuselah in the Old Testament of the Bible? Methuselah lived 969 years.

When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methu'selah. Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methu'selah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. When Methu'selah had lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, he became the father of Lamech. Methu'selah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methu'selah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
(Genesis 5:21-27 RSV-CE)

He is also mentioned in the Gospel genealogies:

the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maha'lale-el, the son of Ca-i'nan,
(Luke 3:37 RSV-CE)


#2

There hadn't been thousands of years of harmful genetic mutations to shorten the lifespan.


#3

The farther through the genealogy of early humanities, farther from Eden, the shorter the lifespan. The farther one is from God, the less life one has.


#4

If God can create the universe and life from scratch, raise Jesus from the dead, if Peter can walk on water, then it should not be a problem for God to give a thousand years of life to whom he chooses.
We have the offer of eternal life which is just a tad longer than a thousand years, we just trust that God has the power to do all these things.
Blessings
Eric


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[quote="Holly3278, post:1, topic:322002"]
Hey everyone. How does one explain the very long lives of people like Methuselah in the Old Testament of the Bible? Methuselah lived 969 years.

When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methu'selah. Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methu'selah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. When Methu'selah had lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, he became the father of Lamech. Methu'selah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methu'selah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
(Genesis 5:21-27 RSV-CE)

He is also mentioned in the Gospel genealogies:

the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maha'lale-el, the son of Ca-i'nan,
(Luke 3:37 RSV-CE)

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Healthy nutrition, plenty of exercise, stress reduction, adequate sleep, and good genes.
Seriously, who knows? Moses lived to 120, but 969? Quite incredible.


#6

no processed food products:D

they walked with God, therefore God gave them extended time


#7

No second-hand smoke. But really, original sin is the original pollution.


#8

[quote="dee_burk, post:6, topic:322002"]
no processed food products:D

they walked with God, therefore God gave them extended time

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But he had all those wives not to mention the mothers-in-laws! He was a real iron man.

Linus2nd


#9

:D:D, yeah, my husbands mother in law makes him a stronger man as well:D:D


#10

It’s sacred myth…nothing more.


#11

The more generations after Adam and Eve, the shorter the life span.1000 years for us are like 1 day to G0d in todays time.
If in Methusalems life time 1 day to G0d was like 10 years for us then Methusalem would have naturally become ten times older than the people of today. Back then when one day in G0ds' life meant 10 years to us the people were closer to G0d. Had they (what never was the case, exept for maybe in the Garden Eden before the Expulsion) experienced that 1000 years for them had been like 1000 years for G0d, hence equaled, then that would have meant that they were one with G0d. Moses was so close to G0d that he became 120 years old, and maybe he would have become even older than others back at that time as he was so close to G0d.


#12

The extraordinarily long lives of the ante-diluvian patriarchs have always elicited debate among scholars of Sacred Scripture, especially that of Methuselah, who was just shy of a millennium when he died. We read in the fifth chapter of Genesis of Methuselah, the oldest human being who ever lived; according to the Scriptures, he lived to be 969 years old (Gen. 5:27). Methuselah was the son of Enoch, the first human to be assumed into Paradise, and was also the grandfather of Noah.

Aside from the question of whether these long lifespans are literal or not (and I see no reason why they can't be), there is a very interesting correlation here between the life of Methuselah and the coming of the great Flood. We know that Methuselah lives to be 969 years old. We also know that the Flood comes in Noah's 600th year, according to Genesis 7:11. If we work backwards from the Flood to the birth of Noah, we have 600 years. Now, from the birth of Noah back to the birth of Noah's father Lamech, Genesis tells us was 182 years. From the birth of Lamech back to the birth of his father, Methuselah, we are told that 187 years elapsed.

So, from the birth of Methuselah to the great Flood we have three periods, 187 years, 182 years and 600 years. If we add these three periods together, we come up with 969 years, the exact same span of time that Methuselah was on the earth.
%between%%between%%between%%between%What does this mean? It indicates that the Flood happened in the same year Methuselah died, which can be interpreted in two ways: (1) God (depending on how one interprets Gen. 6:3), seems to warn that man has only one hundred and twenty years left until they are judged. Since the Flood happened in the same year Methuselah died, we could not unreasonably conjecture that God was postponing the Flood until the death of Methuselah, not wanting to destroy the righteous along with the wicked.

God was, therefore, probably waiting for Methuselah to die before He sent the Flood. This is corroborated by ancient Jewish tradition; according to the Targums, Aramaic commentaries on the Old Testament, the Flood began after the seven days of mourning for the death of Methuselah were ended (source). By the way, if you do the math, Lamech, father of Noah, predeceased Methuselah by five years.

I don't know why or if this is very important, but it is interesting to point out and reminds us that these lifespans given to the antediluvian patriarchs are not arbitrary.

unamsanctamcatholicam.blogspot.com/2010/09/methuselah-and-flood.html


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