T

he conversation of biblical age has been fascinating to observe over the years. Scholars have debated if time and hours were counted the same, but to me the most important observation to make is the command from God. At this time, mankind was given the assignment to multiply and populate the earth (Genesis 1:28).

With this in mind, God made a partnership with mankind and through his proclamation humans were given a greater portion of time on earth. With this in mind, who made the the longest in this proclamation? Who is the older person in the bible? Today, we learn.

Who was the oldest person in the bible?

Methuselah was the oldest person in the Bible, and he's mentioned three times in Genesis 5. He was a son of Enoch and grandson of Jared (Genesis 5:21-24). He lived 969 years--the longest lifespan recorded in Scripture.

Methuselah's name means "man of the dart" or "who is like God?" The meaning behind his name has been debated by scholars for centuries; however, there are two main theories about its origins:

The first theory suggests that it comes from methusilah meaning "seer" in Hebrew; methusilah could be translated as either "seer" or "prophet." This would make sense since Methuselah is described as having been given visions from God (Genesis 5:25). If this were true then perhaps his name refers more specifically to his ability as a prophet rather than any physical attributes.

Where is Methuselah mentioned in the bible?

Methuselah is mentioned three times in the Bible, with two of those references occurring in Genesis 5 and one in Luke 3.

  • Genesis 5:21-27 is a list of the descendants of Adam and Eve. In it, Methuselah is listed as being 90 years old when he fathered Lamech (Genesis 5:25). He lived for 969 years after this birth (Genesis 5:27). This makes him 969 years old at his death--and therefore one of the oldest people ever mentioned in Scripture!
  • Luke 3:37 is a genealogy of Jesus Christ that begins with Adam and ends with Jesus' earthly father Joseph. It includes several generations between these two individuals, including Enoch (who was translated without experiencing death; see Hebrews 11:5), Noah (who survived an ark-building project), Shem (one half-brother), Arphaxad (another half brother) and finally Cainan who had many sons including Sala/Salmon who was born during Adam's lifetime according to Genesis 5.[1]

Who were Methuselah's kids?

Lamech is the son of Methuselah and was the father of Noah, who was the father of all people.

According to Genesis 5:25-28, Lamech lived 969 years and had a son named Jabal (meaning "tent dweller"). Jabal was a nomadic herdsman who built tents and raised sheep, goats, camels and cattle. He was also known as "the father of such as dwell in tents." His brother Jubal (meaning "harpist") invented musical instruments including harps for himself and his sister Naamah (who may have been Lamech's wife).

When did Methuselah live?

Some scholars believe that he may have been born around 1687 BC and died around 1656 BC. This would make him 969 years old at the time of his death, which is far older than any other person in recorded history.

Methuselah was the oldest person in the bible, so it's no surprise that there are conflicting accounts about how old he was when he died. Some versions say it was 969 years old while others say it was 969 days!

Who was Methuselah's Father?

Methuselah was a son of Enoch and grandson of Jared who were both said to be extremely long-lived by some accounts. Enoch was the father of Methuselah, and Jared was the grandfather of Methuselah. This means that he lived 969 years, making him one of the oldest people in Scripture, if not THE oldest person in Scripture! His name means "when he dies it shall be sent" which could refer to either death or judgment (depending on your translation).

Non Biblical Age Record

The oldest person who ever lived is believed to be French woman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at age 122. Her birthdate has been disputed but most sources agree on a range between 1875 and 1877.

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