An interesting trait about many of the characters in the Bible is that they are said to have lived for hundreds of years.
In Genesis 5:27, it says “Thus all of the days of Methuseleh were 969 years, and he died.” This makes him the oldest in the Bible, which several more people coming close. Is this possible?
The life spans started to decline after Noah’s Flood, dropping from as high as 900 years to Noah’s 120 years–which was long for his time.
McGill University conducted a study stating that there is no real detectable limit on the life span for a person, even today. The oldest known person, Jeanne Calment, lived to be 122 years. Many people are living close to her age as well.
Over the past century, the average lifespan has continued to increase, and is expected to continue to do so.
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Today, we have about an average of 70-80 year life spans, just as it is mentioned here.
God did declare after the Flood that he was shortening people’s life spans. Many scientific traits can be linked to this, including oxygen levels, environmental changes and diet.
Moreover, if people like Noah’s son Shem lived to be 600, like the Bible says, he could have met his 14th generation grandson Abraham. The long lives could also explain the stories in the Bible being passed down for years before they were written down.
Could this make parts of the Bible more reliable?
Is the study showing no detectable limit on life span evidence for people having lived longer in the past?