Genesis: From Adam to Noah

Genesis 5:1-32

“This is the written account of Adam’s line”, Genesis 5:1. That is mostly what this passage is about. One thing to comment on is the age of the people in this passage. Archaeological evidence shows that there are no records of humans living for a half-millennia or more. So what we learn in this passage is that Noah is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Adam. One interesting thing to mention is the grandfather of Noah. In Genesis 4:18, “ . . . Methushael was the father of Lamech”. Lamech is the father of Noah, but what’s interesting about this is what Genesis 5:25 says, “When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech”. Now Methusaleh according to “From Adam to Noah” is the son of Enoch, who is the son of Cain according to Genesis 4:17, but here Enoch is the son of Jared, Genesis 5:18. In “From Adam to Noah”, Lamech is the grandson of Enoch, but in “Cain and Abel”, Lamech is the great-great grandson of Enoch. According to the passage “From Adam to Noah” Enoch is the great-great-great grandson of Seth, instead of the son of Cain as it is in “Cain and Abel”. So while this should give us a clear understanding of the lineage of Adam to Noah, instead the lineage is now even more muddled.

A footnote in the NIV version, and this version only, states that “father” in lines Genesis 5:7-26 could mean ancestor. If this is true and this is how the text is actually translated then this would clear up the contradiction, but that is not what all the other version of the Bible say. All the others say either begot, begat, or explicitly says they were the sons of whomever. So based on a literal reading of the text, there is a contradiction of the important lineage of Adam.

The passage ends with the names of Noah’s sons, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham , and Japheth.

Next time I look at the Christian version of the flood myth in, “The Flood”.

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