14 Biblical Personalities Who Lived the Longest

SharePinEmailMost people nowadays die before the age of 100, and so it’s shocking to discover that many famous Biblical figures lived well beyond this age. This article looks at some of the Bible’s longest-living characters and assesses their lasting impact. Seth Seth, the third patriarch of the Bible, had an impressive lifespan of 912 years….

Most people nowadays die before the age of 100, and so it’s shocking to discover that many famous Biblical figures lived well beyond this age. This article looks at some of the Bible’s longest-living characters and assesses their lasting impact.

Seth

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Seth, the third patriarch of the Bible, had an impressive lifespan of 912 years. His longevity is said to be a reflection of God’s creation and power. Despite his long life, Seth was extremely humble, and he’s described as walking with God and being given a promise in the Garden of Eden.

Adam

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At the beginning of Genesis, we read of several extraordinarily long lives at the beginning of human history. Adam is one of these figures, living for an astounding 930 years: “So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.” (Genesis 5:5)

Enosh

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Enosh, which means weak and social, is the son of Seth and father of Kenan, died aged 905 years old. According to Genesis 5:11, Enosh’s life spanned over nine centuries, but despite his age, there aren’t many details about Enosh’s life, except for when he crops up in the biblical genealogy of Adam’s descendants.

Kenan

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Another biblical figure, Kenan, reportedly lived 910 years, as mentioned in Genesis 5:14. One viewpoint is that the authors of the biblical books had limited knowledge of science and the world, so the accounts in Genesis were their way of trying to explain what they believed. They used fictional accounts like Kenan’s to explain their beliefs and create a narrative that resonated with their audience.

Mahalalel

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Mahalalel, after he became the father of Jared, lived to be 895 years old, one of the longest lifespans recorded in the biblical account of the antediluvian era, before the great flood. The name Mahalalel translated to “blessed is God,” which mirrors his dedication to God and his enduring faithfulness.

Jared

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According to Genesis 5:20, Jared was a patriarch who lived close to God for an extraordinary 962 years: “And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.”

Methuselah

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The Biblical figure who had the longest life was Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah. As Genesis 5:21-27 reveals, Methuselah was the son of Enoch and the father of Lamech, making him the grandfather of Noah. His remarkable age is recorded in the Old Testament, which states that he lived for 969 years before his passing.

Lamech

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Lamech, the seventh generation from Adam, is hailed as the first person in the Bible to mention the length of his lifespan, which was 777 years. Genesis 5:28-31 says that Lamech lived for 182 years before his son Noah was born, and then he lived another 595 years after Noah’s birth, making his total lifespan of 777 years, a sharp contrast to today’s average of 75.

Noah

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We are told that God gave Noah plenty of time to build his ark. With nearly a century to complete the project, Noah was able to gather materials, design and construct the ark, and prepare for the great flood that was to come. And as recorded in Genesis 9:29, Noah lived for a monumental 950 years.

Shem

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Shem lived 600 years, with the last 500 following the birth of his son Arphaxad. During this time, Shem is said to have had more sons and daughters, but there is no accurate information on this. Yet, religious individuals interpret Shem’s longevity as a symbol of his unique bond with God.

Eber

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Eber is said to have lived for 464 years, making him one of the longest-lived individuals in the Bible. While he never reached the age of 500 like other patriarchs, it’s still a significant achievement, especially because he’s an ancestor of Abraham, who is regarded as the father of the Israelites.

Enoch

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In the Old Testament, we see so many patriarchs living such long lives. One of these is Enoch who lived 365 years. This is the same number as weeks in a calendar year, which has caused a fair amount of debate among scholars and theologians.

Peleg

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Peleg, the 11th generation from Adam, lived for 239 years, which is still an extremely long life. He is also praised for being one of the patriarchs who formed a bridge between humanity and the first Adam.

Nahor

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Nahor was Shem’s descendant and Terah’s brother. He lived a pretty impressive 148 years, according to the Bible. Interestingly, his whole life story is condensed into just one verse in Genesis 11:24, that says Nahor lived to be 29 when he had his son Terah, which was pretty old to be a new dad in those times.

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