This is a detailed timeline study of the antediluvian period which lasted for 1656 years from Adam to the global flood. Laying out the genealogy of Adam as a timeline reveals several interesting facts and several important lessons to learn.
Note: The blue text are from Septuagint (LXX). The red text are corrected values based on comparing both Septuagint and Masoretic text.
|(Gen 5:1) This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.||God created Adam|
|And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: (Gen 5:3)|
Gen 5:3 And Adam lived two hundred and thirty years, and begot a son after his own form, and after his own image, and he called his name Seth.
|Seth is born|
|And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begat Enosh: (Gen 5:6) |
Gen 5:6 Now Seth lived two hundred and five years, and begot Enos.
|Enosh is born|
|And Enosh lived ninety years, and begat Kenan: (Gen 5:9) |
Gen 5:9 And Enos lived an hundred and ninety years, and begot Cainan.
|Kenan is born|
|And Kenan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalalel: (Gen 5:12) |
Gen 5:12 And Cainan lived an hundred and seventy years, and he begot Maleleel.
|Mahalalel is born|
|And Mahalalel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: (Gen 5:15) |
Gen 5:15 And Maleleel lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and he begot Jared.
|Jared is born|
|And Jared lived a hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: (Gen 5:18)||Enoch is born|
|And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: (Gen 5:21) |
Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and begat Mathusala.
|Methuselah is born|
|And Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: (Gen 5:25)|
Gen 5:25 And Mathusala lived an hundred and sixty and seven years, and begot Lamech.
Gen 5:25 And Mathusala lived an hundred and sixty eighty and seven years, and begot Lamech.
|Lamech is born|
|And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. (Gen 5:5)||Adam died|
|And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. (Gen 5:23-24)||God took Enoch|
|And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. (Gen 5:8)||Seth died|
|And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed. (Gen 5:28-29)|
Gen 5:28-29 And Lamech lived an hundred and eighty and eight years, and begot a son. And he called his name Noe, saying, This one will cause us to cease from our works, and from the toils of our hands, and from the earth, which the Lord God has cursed.
|Noah is born|
|And all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. (Gen 5:14)||Kenan died|
|And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. (Gen 5:20)||Jared died|
|And all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years: and he died. (Gen 5:11)||Enosh died|
|And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Gen 5:32)||Ham and Japheth are born|
|These are the generations of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arpachshad two years after the flood: (Gen 11:10)||Shem was born. 2 years after the flood, Shem was 100 years old. This makes Shem 2 years younger than his brothers.|
|And all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died. (Gen 5:17)||Mahalalel died|
|And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. (Gen 5:31) |
Gen 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and fifty-three years, and he died
|And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. (Gen 5:27)||Methuselah died|
|And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Gen 7:10-11)||Global Flood 600th Year of Noah’s Life.|
Here is a quick interesting fact:
- Shem was 2 years younger than Japheth and Ham.
- Based on LXX, the great food is 14 years before the death of Methuselah which shows some scribal errors. However, comparing Masoretic text, we can identify those scribal errors and fix them which is mentioned in red colour.
Hence, based on Masoretic text, the pre-flood era was for 1656 years but as per Septuagint, it is 2256 years. The values of Septuagint cannot be just ignored because our New Testament is entirely based on LXX and it is much earlier than Masoretic manuscripts.