Re: [asa] New Evidence for Two Human Origins

From: Don Winterstein <dfwinterstein@msn.com>
Date: Thu Oct 04 2007 - 20:19:19 EDT

"...Abraham claims to be too old at 100 (but not at 86)."

But note that Abraham married Keturah at an age in excess of 128 and had at least six kids. (Gen. 25:1-7)

Don

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: David Campbell
  To: asa@calvin.edu
  Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 9:00 AM
  Subject: Re: [asa] New Evidence for Two Human Origins

  If you assume that a particular combination of genes gives an
  extremely long lifespan, a gradual influx of mutations and other
  alleles from breeding with other populations could produce any number
  of patterns of decrease in lifespan. The fact that many genes
  influence lifespan (as does diet and other factors) doesn't prove that
  a particular combination of genes would allow 969, despite wild claims
  of some current workers on aging.

  Working out exactly what the ages in the genealogies mean is
  problematic, however. Additional items include

  Kitchen's suggestion (On the Reliability of the Old Testament) that
  genealogical data was multplied by later scribes who knew that
  creation must have been a really long time ago and the available
  genealogical records sounded too short

  Terah seems to be 130 at Abraham's birth (Gen. 11:32, 12:1,
  12:4-assumes that Terah died in Haran before Abram left Haran; assumes
  that 11:26 gives Terah's age at birth of first son-not Abe), yet
  Abraham claims to be too old at 100 (but not at 86).

  Not remembering the statistical details of Hill's calculations, I
  would note a caveat that a strictly uniform distribution of final
  digits in ages is only expected for a very large sample; however, the
  deviation in the genealogies from a strictly uniform distribution is
  so large as to also be rather unlikely. In other words, the null
  model should be checked.

  The three copies of the tallies of those returning to Jerusalem in
  Ezra, Nehemiah, and I Ezdras suggest that scribes were pretty good at
  copying lists of names but had real trouble with numbers.

  --
  Dr. David Campbell
  425 Scientific Collections
  University of Alabama
  "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"

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