By Isaac Asimov
In Asimov's consultant to the Bible, Isaac Asimov explores the historic, geographical, and biographical facets of the occasions defined within the previous and New Testaments. Asimov's makes an attempt to light up the Bible's many imprecise, mysterious passages turn out soaking up studying for someone attracted to faith and heritage.
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The earth itself is some five billion years old and the universe as a whole perhaps fifteen billion years old. I Enoch [of Seth] The descendants of Adam, through Seth, are then listed through eight generations (ten, counting Adam and Setfa themselves) somewhat less hastily than those of Cain were mentioned. As a group, these are the antediluvian patriarchs. ") The names of the line of Seth are suspi&iouslylike those of the line of Cain, however. Both include an Enoch and a Lamech, and other names, if not identical, are very similar.
The writers of Genesis may even in this respect have been influenced by Greek traditions, reaching them dimly from the west. For instance, Japheth himself has been identified by some with the Titan Iapetus in the Greek myths. ) According to fhe Greek myths, Iapetus was the father of Prometheus who. in turn, fathered the human race by molding them wit of day. For this reason, lapetus was considered by the Greeks to be the ancestor of mankind; and, to the Hebrews, Japheth was the ancestor of that portion of mankind to which the Greeks belonged.
These patriarchs cannot be associated with any historical personages and nothing is known of them beyond this bare Biblical mention. They seem, however, to be a reflection of Sumerian legend. At least, the Sumerians had lists of nine or ten kings who reigned before the Flood, each of them living for many thousands of years. One was listed as having reigned nearly 65,000 years. The writer of (his portion of Genesis, far from imposing on credibility by making use of extended life spans, apparently took.
Asimov's Guide to the Bible : Two volumes in one: The Old and New Testaments by Isaac Asimov