110) The First Fathers

According to the biblical account, Noah and his descendants up to his great-great-grandsons each lived about 500 years after the flood. They were superhuman in physical and intellectual power, supplemented by centuries of accumulated learning from experience.

This may seem mythic, but explanatory clues are given.

Before the windows of heaven were opened, the antediluvian ecosystem was protected, apparently not just to rain but also to genetically damaging solar radiation.

This no doubt explains one reason Abraham insisted on marrying close relations: himself to his half sister, his son Isaac to his cousin, and grandson Jacob to his cousins. This maximized the highest quality gene pool passed from both parents to their children. Isaac died at the age of 180, Jacob was astonishingly old at the age of 130 years, and lived until the age of 147. Joseph died at the age of 110and Moses, who was born during Joseph’s lifetime, died at the age of 120.

Note, too, the exceptionally long generational spans that prevented genetic defects from accumulating in the Bible’s First Family. For example, Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 (or 91). Meanwhile the lifespans of the hoi poloi rapidly decreased from genetic defects accumulating in the exponentially shorter breeding periods. Anthropologists’ best estimates for Bronze Age lifespans are 70 years if one was lucky enough to die of old age.

Just think about the immense influence that these first few exceptionally long-lived ancestors had over the new population.

Too often the biblical record is treated as a series of events, when we know that all literature, media and documentation is limited to describing single events with flashbacks or “meanwhile, back at the ranch” to acknowledge overlapping timelines.

The following timeline using biblical lifespans in Genesis 5 and 11 allow us to collate co-existing persons and their significant events in history. Centuries are included in the graph to give a rough sense of the time spans vs overlapping events.The commonly encountered historical notation of BC is matched with the Jewish Anno Mundi system which provides a more readily apparent timeframe.

Bear in mind that historical documentation of “first millennium BC” accounts for dates from 0 backwards to 999 BC, “second millennium BC” for dates 1,000 backwards to 1999 BC, “third millennium BC” for dates 2000 – 2999 BC, and “fourth millennium BC” for dates 3000 – 3999 BC. In other words, one thousand years less than the label of the millennium.

From a biblical perspective, the historical millennia can be roughly categorized as:

  • Fourth Millennium BC: Adam to Noah, the gods reign on earth, Genesis 1-5
  • Third Millennium BC: Noah’s first 600 years before the flood to Abram leaving Mesopotamia. Artifacts dated to this era include the highly developed pre-flood civilization brought to earth by the gods, its renaissance as best as could be recreated after the flood, as well as simultaneous rough necessities of life by refugees fleeing the tyranny of the gods. Genesis 6-12
  • Second Millenium BC: Abraham in the land of his contemporaneous nephew Canaan to King David. Genesis 12-Ruth
  • First Millenium: I Samuel / King David – Birth of Christ

Centuries are included in the graph to give a rough sense of the time spans between simultaneous events.

 

AM BC Birth / Event

Death

0 -4004 Death imposed, calendar begins
930 -3074 Adam aged 930 yrs
1000
1056 -2948 1st generation: Noah born, lives 950 yrs
1100
1200
1300
1400
1500
1558 -2446 2nd generation: Shem born, lives 610 yrs
Approximate same for Ham & Japheth
1600
1656 -2348 The Flood 
1658 -2346 3rd gen: Arphaxad born, lives 438 yrs
Approximate same for bro Assur
Approximate same for 1st cousin Cush son of Ham, lives ~ 430 yrs
1693 -2311 4th gen: Shelah born, lives 433 yrs
1700
1723 -2281 5th gen Eber born, lives 464 yrs
1734 -2270 Historic Sargon begins rule per short chronology, but exact dates unknown
1757 -2247 Peleg born, lives 239 yrs
1787 -2217 Reu born, lives 239 yrs
1789 -2215 Sargon overthrown after 55 yr reign
1800
1819 -2185 Serug born lives 230 yrs
1849 -2155 Nahor born lives 148 years
1878 -2126 Terah born lives 205 years
4th gen Nimrod born, lifespan ~400 yrs
1900 -2086 Nimrod reigns at ~40 yrs old, Tower of Babel begins shortly after
1948 -2056 Abram born, lives 175 yrs
1978 -2020 Tower of Babylon construction stops about now as workforce breaks up
1996 -2008 By now division of physical earth by aftershocks expedites separating nations Peleg
1997 -2007 Nahor
2000
2006 -1998 Shem moves from cave to Mount Zion? Noah
2018 -1986 Abram age 70 leaves Ur fleeing Nimrod
2026 -1978 Reu
2048 -1956 Sodom & Gomorrah – Nimrod still alive new name of Amraphel to glorify him
2048 -1956 Isaac born, lives 180 years Serug
2087 -1921 Terah
2096 -1908 Arphaxad, approx for Assur & Cush
2100
2108 -1896 Jacob & Esau born, Jacob lives 147 years
2123 -1881 Abraham
2126 -1876 Shelah
2148 -1856 Esau kills Nimrod per Jewish legend Approximate for Nimrod
2158 -1846 Shem, approx. for Ham
2187 -1817 Eber
2199 -1805 Joseph born, lives 110 years
2200
2216 -1788 Joseph to Egypt
2228 -1776 Isaac
2235 -1769 Amram son of  Kohoth son of Levi born
2238 -1766 Jacob & Family to Egypt
2255 -1749 Jacob
2309 -1695 Moses son of Amram born
2300
2319 -1685 Joseph, end of Genesis
2389 -1615 The Exodus under Moses aged 80

021032a0322368dbb09f4f1885930867Using 25 years as a statistical average for subsequent generations, the founding fathers would have outlived a minimum of 16 consecutive generations, but actually more since another generation is born to some family every year.  These Elders appear immortal to those who are born hombre-africano-joyasand die without seeing them age. They are entreated to intervene in problems / beseeched / prayed to. In order to gain access to their resources and network of connections their favor is curried with offerings of the best housing, best foods, gifts of precious metals, gems, fabrics and crafts exploited from their territories or obtained in trade, extolled in ceremonies with memorial speeches and songs / worshipped. As they finally age, they maintain their mystic by secreting themselves in Mount Olympus, Valhalla, etc. Ancestor worship develops in Africa, Japan, Americas as a more accurate memory of history.

Their precious birthright was literacy, from pre-apocalypse records stored on the ark and and in pyramid vaults. They led the renaissance of civilization for the pioneers forging homes in every type of wilderness from tundra to desert. This explains how “civilizations seem to have appeared full-blown, already fully developed.

To catch a glimpse of how these men shaped the world, imagine that one of them is Leonardo DaVinci, the genius who epitomizes that other Renaissance humanist ideal, superhuman intellect in all sciences and arts, revered for technological ingenuity never matched by another historically known human. What impact would he have had on the world if he had lived for five hundred years from 1656 AD to 2106 AD, alive in our day and continuing after our deaths up to the 22nd century? Would humanity have survived its wars if Da Vinci had continued to develop his war machines?

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