A Question about Life Spans and Noah
I have a question about Noah and the scriptures. In the Bible, it is accounted that Noah lived more than 900 years but this seems highly improbable that a person could live such a long time (taking this part of scripture in a literal sense) but it is hard to come by any other interpretation rather than this literal interpretation since it is very explicit on the years and numbers describing the life span of Noah.
My question is, as a Christian, is there any way to explain this with modern science? Could there have been some kind of mutation that allowed people in that period of time to live that long (given its not the only biblical record of a person with such a life span)? I know that for an explanation to be strictly scientific you must have first-hand observation, but maybe there is some kind of deduction you can infer given the development of the earth thousands of years ago.
Thank you for your support and patience!
Thanks for writing us! Here is a new blog post on our site which pertains to the numerology and life spans of Noah and others in Genesis. There are also some further resources on this topic we can recommend, including:
- Christian Scholar's Review (Winter 2008 - Issue XXXVII:2).
- A more detailed description of numbers in Genesis in PSCF.
The take-away is:
"All age-numbers (30 in all) from Adam to Noah are a combination of the sacred numbers 60 (years and months) and 7. No numbers end in 1, 3, 4, 6 or 8 - a chance probability of one in a billion. 13 numbers end in 0 (some multiple or combination of 60). 8 numbers end in 5 (5 years=60 months). 3 numbers end in 7. 5 numbers end in 2 (5yrs + 7yrs = 12). And 1 number ends in 9 (5yrs + 7yrs + 7yrs = 19). All of this cannot be coincidental. The Mesopotamians were using sacred numbers, not real numbers. Therefore, these numbers were not meant to be (and should not be) interpreted as real numbers." (p. 245)
I pray this helps answer your questions.
Jim Stump, Content Manager