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The Patriarchs’ Ages.

It may safely be said that a very slight error in the translation of Hebrew numerals has led to all tho apparent disparity, and on the authority of Genesis vi., 3, it may be accepted that the age of the antediluvian was not to exceed 120 years. That passage reads: “ And the Lord said, my spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” As already remarked, the errors in the ages of the patriarchs as given in the Bible may bo ascribed to the improper rendering of concrete numerals by the translators. The verso Genesis v., 3, is properly rendered, and reads thus: “Adam lived 130 years, and begat a son,” etc., but if that verse had been translated in the same way as the fifth verse is in the authorised version, it would read thus : “ Adam lived thirty hundred years, and begat a son ! ” This shocked the consciousness of the Christian translator, and ho was driven to the true rule of the Hebrew use in cases of concrete numerals. In tho fifth verse the authorised version reads: “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.” The true reading by the Hebrew rule would be; “ And all the days of Adam which he lived were a hundred and thirty and nine years, and he died,” making the entire ago of Adam 139 years instead of 930 years. Further, so primitive was the system of enumeration at the date of the writing of Genesis that the Hebrews had no moans of writing nine hundred, or any number of hundreds above one, without repetition or circumlocution. The following are put forward as the ages of the patriarchs before the Deluge, with tho remark that they are subject to a few uncertainties in the numbers below one hundred Age as given Correct in the Name. age. Bible. 1. A3 am .. .. 130 030 2. Seth .. ..121 912 3. Enos .. .. 114 905 4. Cainan .. ~119 910 5. Uahalalocl ..• .. 122 895 6. Jared .. .. 117 982 7. Enoch .. ..114 BCS 8. Methuselah .. 124 999 9. Earaeoh .. .. 117 777 10. Noah .. .. 159 950 By this the time-honored proverb, “ as

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The Patriarchs’ Ages., Issue 8026, 1 October 1889

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