Chapter five is the genealogy from Adam to Noah. Boring, right? Wrong!! It does nearly seem worth passing over, but then you’d miss a few noteworthy things. Here’s the Jenster’s Condensed version:

Adam fathers Seth; Adam has other sons and daughters; Lives to 930. And then he dies.

Seth fathers Enosh; Seth has other sons and daughters; Lives to 912. And then he dies.

Enosh fathers Kenan; Enosh has other sons and daughters; Lives to 905. And then he dies.

Kenan fathers Mahalalel; Kenan has other sons and daughters; Lives to 910. And then he dies.

Mahalalel fathers Jared; Mahalalel has other sons and daughters; Lives to 895. And then he dies.

Jared fathers Enoch; Jared has other sons and daughters; Lives to 962. And then he dies.

Redundant, isn’t it? But wait! Don’t go yet. This is where it starts to get interesting:

Enoch fathers Methuselah. 22And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

One day Enoch was a young 365 and the next day POOF! He went to be with God. I’m thinking that might have been a little freaky for the people that saw him disappear. And remember evil Lamech in chapter four? Cain’s great, great, great grandson? Well, Enoch is Seth’s great, great, great grandson. Where Lamech was self-absorbed, Enoch walked with God and was loved so much God just took him away.

Methuselah fathers Lamech (NOT Cain’s Lamech); Methuselah has other sons and daughters; Lives to 969. And then he dies. And yes, this is the “old as Methuselah” Methuselah.

Lamech fathers Noah. 29He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed. Lamech has other sons and daughters; Lives to 777. And then he dies.

And finally Noah fathers Larry, Curly and Moe Shem, Ham and Japheth.

 

Let’s Chat

  1. 700+ years; 800+ years; 900+ years – are those actual ages or might they be symbolic?
  2. In chapter 4 we confabulated (neat word, huh?) about where Cain’s wife/other people came from. This chapter makes it easy to see how the earth may have been populated solely from Adam and Eve.
 

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