Ten Generations of Man
by John Kostura

Enoch - Seventh Generation

I have always been fascinated by Enoch ever since I read "The Book of Enoch". Although most biblical scholars do not directly attribute the writing to Enoch himself, it does provide some insights into the prediluvial world. "The Book of Enoch" is considered to be part of the apocryphal (writings not included in the Bible). However, the book of Enoch is quoted in the bible.

Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Jude 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Enoch knew all of the first generations except for Noah. In fact his life overlapped with Adam for 308 years. It is also recorded that Enoch did not die, (Genesis 5:24) "And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him."

Chapter 5 of Gensis - Genealogy of Mankind

In Chapter 5 of Genesis we are given the genealogy of the first ten (10) generations of mankind. The technique employed by the biblical author is to give the age of the father at the time his son was born, followed by the total years the father lived after the birth. This is done with each generation up to Noah.
Year Life Spans Reference - King James Bible
Adam is Created
Genesis 5:1 This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Seth is Born
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
Enos is Born
Genesis 5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
Cainan is Born
Genesis 5:9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
Mahalaleel is Born
Genesis 5:12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
Jared is Born
Genesis 5:15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
Enoch is Born
Genesis 5:18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
Methuselah is Born
Genesis 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Lamech is Born
Genesis 5:25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
930 Adam Dies - Age 930
Genesis 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
987 Enoch Walks with God - Age 365
Genesis 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.
1042 Seth Dies - Age 912
Genesis 5:8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
Noah is Born
Genesis 5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
Genesis 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This [same] shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
1140 Enos Dies - Age 905
Genesis 5:11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
1235 Cainan Dies - Age 910
Genesis 5:14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
1290 Mahalaleel Dies - Age 895
Genesis 5:17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
1422 Jared Dies - Age 962
Genesis 5:20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
1651 Lamech Dies - Age 777
Genesis 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
1656 Methuselah Dies - Age 969
Genesis 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Genesis 7:6 And Noah [was] six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
1657 Flood Ends
Genesis 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first [month], the first [day] of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Genesis 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
2006 Noah Dies - Age 950
Genesis 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

So Who Knew Who?

The above Table graphs the live span for the first ten (10) generations of man, starting with Adam and ending with Noah. Our prediluvial ancestors lived incredible life spans and it is logical to assume that they would have had contact with each other.

Noah is the only one cut off from knowing all his ancestors. Adam, Seth and Enoch were not known to Noah. Therefor the first nine (9) generations of man all had the opportunity to know each other and to visit with Adam himself.

Not only did they know each other but they were alive together for an incredible amount of time. The following table calculates the time overlap for the life spans of generational pairs.

Years of Common Knowledge

Adam Seth Enos Cainan Mahal-
Jared Enoch Methu-
Lamech Noah
Adam 800 695 605 535 470 308 243 56
Seth 800 807 717 647 582 365 355 168
Enos 695 807 815 745 680 365 453 266 84
Cainan 605 717 815 840 775 365 548 361 179
Mahalaleel 535 647 745 840 830 365 603 416 234
Jared 470 582 680 775 830 365 735 548 366
Enoch 308 365 365 365 365 365 300 113
Methuselah 243 355 453 548 603 735 300 777 600
Lamech 56 168 266 361 416 548 113 777 595
Noah 84 179 234 366 600 595

Data and Calculations


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