Re: Geezer Patriarchs

Karen G. Jensen (
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 22:42:45 -0600

Dear Brian,

Thanks for your thoughts and appreciation.

On Wed, 05 Nov 1997 09:55:50 -0800 you noted:

>What I would really like to find out is if there is any reference to
>multi-centenarians in any field of science or history, or is it strictly
>a biblical account.

According to Haley's Bible Handbook (p. 49 of the 24th edition), the "Weld
Dynastic Prism" a clay tablet found in 1922 by the Weld-Blundell Expedition
at Larsa, a few miles north of Ur, which was written about 2000 BC by a
scribe named Nur-Ninsubur, gives a list of kings from the beginning of
mankind to his own time, including the 10 long-lived pre-flood "kings".

As I remember from some other source (which I don't have at the moment),
the ages or reigns of these kings were much longer than the Biblical, in
the range of 60,000 years, according to the translators. Fredrick Filby in
a book called "The Flood Reconsidered" discusses other instances of
long-lived patriarchs, and also sources of error in translating the
notation for the actual number of years the persons lived.

I'll try to find some of that for you.

Isaiah 40:8