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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Was Adam Alive To See Noah Born? A Math Lesson

Yesterday we started back homeschooling after a Hanukkah/Christmas/New Year break and began reading the Bible Chronologically from Genesis using a book called The Daily Bible In Chronological Order 365 Daily Readings. When we got to Genesis 5, the homeschool mom in me took over with excitement as I asked the kids to get their math notebooks and a pencil.

Our mission: To discover if Adam was alive when Noah (the one who built the ark) was born.

According to our calculations based on scripture, Noah is Adam's great great great great great great great (that's 7) grandson.

In Genesis 5:3, it begins to tell us about Adam's children, grandchildren, etc. It begins with Seth, Adam's youngest son. It gives us the age of Adam when Seth was born and continues from there. If you want a fun math experiment, open your Bible and begin. To get the full math lesson effect, you need to take Adam's age when Seth was born (130) and add to it the age of Seth when he had Enosh, etc. Get these numbers directly from Genesis 5.

To give you a Teacher's Edition answer and make it easy on you (provided we figured it right - It was, after all, the first day back after a long break), here's a summary:

Adam lived to be 930 years old:

Adam was 130 when Seth was born (son)
Adam was 235 when Enosh was born (grandson)
Adam was 325 when Kenan was born (great grandson)
Adam was 395 when Mahalelel was born (great great grandson)
Adam was 460 when Jared was born (great great great grandson)
Adam was 622 when Enoch was born (great great great great grandson who walked w/God)
Adam was 687 when Methusaleh was born (g-g-g-g-great grandson - Old as Methusaleh)
Adam was 874 when Lamech was born (g-g-g-g-g-great grandson)
Adam would have been 1,056 when Noah was born (g-g-g-g-g-g-great grandson)

Conclusion: No, Adam missed seeing Noah be born by 126 years. But, he lived to see Noah's daddy turn 56.

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