Thoughts on the Sumerian King List, Genesis 5, and Genesis 11*

For the sake of an easy visual comparison, I’ll take the genealogical lists in Genesis 5 and 11, strip off the (already sparse) biographical information, and just give you a series of names followed by numbers in parentheses. The numbers are the number of years the person involved is said to have lived. I’ll be using the numbers and names found in the standard text of the Hebrew Bible, slightly Englished in places. I’ll also include one detail from the narrative material in between the two lists, for reasons which will become clear a little further on:

Adam (930), Sheth (912), Enosh (905), Qeynan (910), Mahalal’-el (895), Yared (962), Hanokh (365), Metushelah (969), Lamek (777), Noah (930) . . .

. . . and the Floodwaters were upon the land . . . 

Noah (930), Shem (600), Arpakshad (438), Shelah (433), Eber (464), Peleg (239), R’-u (239), S’rug (230), Nahor (148), Terah (205) . . . (more…)

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