The oldest man in the Bible was a man named Methuselah, who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27). He was one of nine men listed in Genesis 5 who lived very long lives. The others are: Adam (the first man), who lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5); Seth (912 years; Genesis 5:8); Enosh (905 years; Genesis 5:11); Kenan (910 years; Genesis 5:14); Mahalalel (895 years; Genesis 5:17); Jared (962 years; Genesis 5:20); Enoch (365 years; Genesis 5:22–24), who was also one of two men in the Bible who was taken to heaven without having to pass through death first (the other was Elijah; 2 Kings 2:11); and Lamech (777 years; Genesis 5:21). Noah lived 950 years (Genesis 9:29).
Who was the oldest man in the Bible?
Methuselah was the son of Enoch, the man who God took. Methuselah was also Noah's grandfather. Lamech was Noah's father. Methuselah's age was astonishing, but extra-Biblical historical sources indicate that Methuselah's age was also significant because of a revelation from God given to Enoch, which we find hidden in Methuselah's name. The name has a dual meaning. It can mean "man of the spear" and it can mean "his death shall bring." It is believed that Enoch received a revelation from God that Methuselah's death would bring a great flood.
The biblical math fits. When Lamech was born, Methuselah was 187 years old (Genesis 5:25). When Noah was born, Lamech was 182 years old (Genesis 5:28). And when the Great Flood occurred, Noah was 600 years old (Genesis 7:6). 187+182+600=969. This means that Methuselah died in the same year that the flood occurred.
We do not know very much about Methuselah. We do know Methuselah was a descendant of Adam, and part of a righteous bloodline which was obedient to God during a wicked time in man's history (Genesis 6). He lived for 969 years and evidently died the same year the Flood occurred. Likely he was a godly man to have been blessed with such a long life.
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