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Monday, 12 September 2011

Breaking Down The Bible. Genesis 5
Generations of Adam

The fun thing about the Bible is that almost every chapter of it contains some kind of inconsistency or contradiction, and for 2000 years few believers have bothered to seriously question them. The book poses a myriad of questions, but answers very few, if any.

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;

I still wonder what kind of likeness we are talking about here — physical or spiritual. Sounds like some crazy alien boffin created biological machines simply because he could, just like we are pointlessly playing around with robots.

2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

According to this line in the beginning, a pack of two humans was called Adam.

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 

Those were life spans worth going to the trouble of popping out of the womb.

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

So despite his stupid disobedience he lived a long life and sired a swarm of sprogs, while apparently sinless Abel was killed.

6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

Who did he marry to produce offspring? His sister that is not worth mentioning as women in general or some alien not worth a mention either?
I gather, incest wasn’t an issue at the time.
I’m at a loss to understand what the point of such a detailed genealogy is, other than marking the passage of time. Note that all men lived to a ripe old age and apparently died a natural death, that is, of old age. What happened to women is of course not worth mentioning.

18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

That would be the right age to start having children, at least you would have had some time to live your life before putting a yoke round your neck.

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

God took Enoch, by Gerard Hoet
God took Enoch, by Gerard Hoet
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Was Enoch the only one who walked with God? Turns out it wasn’t such a good idea, since his lifespan was the shortest. Or maybe it was a prize for “walking with God”?
Another interpretation is that he didn’t actually die but was raptured by God and appointed his personal assistant for some unknown virtues.

That said, he might as well have been abducted by aliens, not that the people of the epoch would have been able to tell the difference.

25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech. 

26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

I wonder for what merits or feats he was rewarded with such a long life.

28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

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. 

30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. 

32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The last line contains a huge enigma: how did these three “begat” different human races? Were there different alien wives?
I’m not even sure if this can be considered an evidence in favour of monogenism or polygenism.

To be continued...

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  1. Hi Sarah,

    Just to let you know that your comment(s) on my blog did get through (although I did have to delete three of them).


  2. @dragonfly

    I assume you were referring to the book “From the ashes of Angels” by Andrew Collins. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve always believed that stories of the Bible, surreal as they may sound, were the reflection of some real events that, to my eye, make most sense in the light of extraterrestrials.

    We can’t know for sure, but Noah could indeed be a descendant of the Nephilim or fallen angels, since many texts suggest that not all of them were killed by the Flood, and some were allowed to survive it.
    However, since according to the Bible Noah was the tenth and last of the antediluvian Patriarchs, and the one entrusted with the task of saving human race and representatives of all animals from the flood by constructing an ark, personally I don’t think he was one of the Nephilim.

    Anyway I’ll be writing the review of Genesis 6:4, one of the most enigmatic chapters of the Bible where the Nephilim are first mentioned, soon.


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