One of the long‐lived ancestors before the Flood. In the Sethite genealogy in Genesis 5.21–27 (see also 1 Chron. 1.3; Luke 3.37), which lists one male for each of the ten generations from Adam to Noah, Methuselah is listed eighth, the son of Enoch and the grandfather of Noah. Methuselah is the longest lived (969 years), but all ten live to remarkably high ages, as do the pre‐Flood ancestors of Mesopotamian tradition. The name Methusaleh is very like Methushael, listed as Lamech's father and Enoch's great grandson in the similar genealogy in Genesis 4 (seven male ancestors from Cain to Noah).

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