In the Old Testament, there are stories of people, like Noah, who lived past 700 years. He had children when he was over 500 years old, and built the Ark when he was 600 years old. There are other stories in the Bible of people who lived for several hundred years. Adam was said to have lived 930 years, and Methusela was said to have lived to the very ripe old age of 969.
I am more familiar with the mythology of the Bible, but not so much of that of other religions. Are there others where life expectancy was so long? And, what caused the life expectancy in the Bible to drop so significantly? What do you think was the purpose of reporting such a incredibly long life span in the Bible?
Life expectancy throughout time, according to historical research and scientific reports not affiliated with any religion, varies from around 20 years to our modern average life-expectancy of around 78-82 years.
One explanation I found is that they counted lunar cycles as years, thus bringing Methulesa's age at death to about 78--however, ancient people lived in agrarian cultures and would have been well aware of the difference between months and years, and it would also have, by that account, some of these men fathering children at five years of age.Answer Question
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i find it hard to believe these people lived to be hundreds of years, yet another exaggerated snippet from the good ole book.
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