All of the oldest people in the Bible are from the Book of Genesis and make up the patrilineal line that connects Adam to Noah. These ten men are known as the Antediluvian patriarchs, as they were alive before the Flood. They all lived to be incredibly old, a majority of them died when they were past 900 years old.
Prior to the flood, lifespans remained in the vicinity of 900 years, but right afterward they dropped by about a third (Shem only lived to 600), and then the numbers plummeted even further. Neither Abraham nor Moses even reached 200, and by the time of King David, the Bible would write, Our years are seventy, or eighty for those who are strong (Psalm 90:10).
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There is perhaps a theological truth hidden in the shrinking lifespans of the Old Testament. The Scriptures link sin and death. Adam and Eve were warned that the day they ate of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would die (Gen 2:17), but they did not drop dead immediately. Although they died spiritually in an instant, the clock of death for their bodies wound down much later. As the age listing below shows, as sin increased, lifespans dropped precipitously, especially after the flood.
The List below shows the Top 10 Oldest People In The Bible
1. Methuselah – 969 Years Old (Genesis 5:21 – 27)
2. Jared – 962 Years Old (Genesis 5:18 – 21)
3. Noah – 950 Years Old (Genesis 9:28 – 29)
4. Adam – 930 Years Old (Genesis 5:4–5)
5. Seth – 912 Years Old (Genesis 5:8)
6. Kenan also spelt Cainan – 910 Years Old (Genesis 5:14)
7. Enos – 905 Years Old (Genesis 5:11)
8. Mahalalel – 895 Years Old (Genesis 5:17)
9. Lamech – 777 Years Old (Genesis 5:31)
10. Enoch – 365 Years Old (Genesis 5:23)
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