Study. How many people populating the Earth in Genesis 5.1-32 times ?. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator.



What question!! In order to answer it only needs read slowly.

It is important to understand that given the longevity of the old, parents were contemporaries of his descendants for generations. For example see the genealogy of Adam in chapter 5 of Genesis. The first thing that jumps out is that the verses follow a toledot formula (toledot means genealogy) and Genesis is structured in such formulas. The formulas can be horizontal, for example, in Genesis 10:

1 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth, who were sons born after the flood.

2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.

3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Rifat and Togarmah.

4 The sons of Javan: Elisa, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

Formulas can also be vertical as the case of Gen. 5:

3 And Adam lived one hundred thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
4 And the days of Adam after he begat Seth were eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years; and died.
6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begat Enos.
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
8 And all the days of Seth nine hundred and twelve years; and died.


We can see that in the case of Genesis 5, the formula of three verses is as follows:

1. At the age of XX years begat .................. ..

2. Then XXX lived years and begat sons and daughters

3. Your total years of life were XXXX years.

Basically Genesis 5 gives us a lot of information, not only because he lived each, also gives us to understand that humanity became very large, reaching its demographic climax in Genesis 6.1 and 2. In addition, given the length of their lives, these patriarchs saw many generations of descendants, consider the case of Adam, for example:

to. In the 130 years he fathered set, then lived 800 years and had sons and daughters, and died at 930 years of age. Genesis 5.3-5

b. When Adam was born 235 years Enos, son of Seth. Genesis 5.6

c. At 325 years of Adam, he was born Cainan, son of Enos. Genesis 5.9

d. When Adam was 395, son of Cainan Mahalalel was born. Genesis 5.12

and. At 460 years of Adam, he was born Jared, son of Mahalalel. Genesis 5.15

F. When Adam was born 622 years Enoch, son and Jared. Genesis 5.18

g. At 687 years of Adam, the son of Enoch Methuselah was born. Genesis 5.21 here the formula changes, because Enoch did not die but God took him with him.

h. When Adam was 774 years old, Lamech the son of Methuselah was born. Genesis 5.25

i. When Lamech had her son Noah, was only 26 years after the death of Adam.

Adam, after Seth had more children and also could see his descendants until Lamech, the 9th generation. According to these simple accounts, there were many people to give rise to the demographic explosion that takes place in Genesis 6.


Toledot formula - Genesis 5 - Genesis 6 Population Explosion

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