Longevity of Man before and after the Flood


Noah saw the rainbowIt is interesting to note that in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, the life expectancy of mankind far exceeded the life expectancy of today’s men and woman.  There is a significant difference after the flood.

After the fall of Adam and Eve death for all mankind was introduced as a result of eating of the tree of knowledge.   Adam lived to be nine hundred and thirty years old.  His descendant Methuselah lived to be nine hundred and sixty-nine years old.   Methuselah was the longest living patriarch of the Bible, and he existed before the flood.  (Genesis 5:25).

Noah, who was born before the flood,  lived to be nine hundred and fifty years old.  (Genesis 9:29).  After the flood mankind did not live as long as his forebears.  There is a drastic change with the passing of Noah.  Abraham lived to be  one hundred and seventy-five years (Gen. 25:7), and  Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten.  (Gen. 50:26).

Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. (Deuteronomy 34:7).     Now there are a few differences, but it can be concluded that those born after the flood had a shorter life expectancy.  Today very few people live to be one hundred.

The drastic decrease in longevity could be explained by looking at those born after the flood.  The further in history one travels from the fall of man in the Garden of Eden to modern times,  it becomes clear  that the protective life forces that God created in the Garden of Eden gradually diminish.  It ended with Noah who was born before the flood.

Holy Bible Dove of Peace Catholic Edition

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