[b-hebrew] Assumptions about ANE ages that just don't work.

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Sun Oct 21 13:18:36 EDT 2007

In truth, trying to read the Torah  - all of it - ONLY literally is 
definitely missing the point.  And at the same time, the literal 
meaning (in Hebrew, not in translation) is also True.


There is also a lot of symbolism in the dates.  For example, Lamekh in Gen 4
is the 7th generation (Adam, Cain, Enoch, Irad, Mehujael, Methushael,
Lamekh).  His avengement is "seven-fold," and in Gen 5, Lamekh lives 777
years.  Enoch lives 365 years, and his connection to the calendar is explicit
in apocryphal books (such as the books of Enoch and Jubilees).  Trying to
read the dates given in Genesis purely literally is to miss the point.

Yitzhak Sapir

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