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After After Many a Summer: A Modern Analysis of Ancient Lifetime Data

Martin Tanner, PhD
JAMA. 1985;254(20):2895. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360200045023.
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To the Editor.—  In the fifth chapter of the Book of Genesis, the direct male lineage from Adam to Noah is reported: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Hanoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. For nine of these individuals, we are told the age of the individual at which his succeeding son was born, the number of years from this date to the death of the individual, the total number of years that the individual survived, and the fact that the death of the individual was observed. However, for Hanoch no mention is made that his death was observed1: "And Hanoch lived sixty and five years, and begot Methuselah. And Hanoch walked with God after he begot Methuselah three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Hanoch were three hundred sixty and five years. And Hanoch walked with God, and he was not; for God


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