Title

The lifespans of the patriarchs: Schematic orderings in the chrono-genealogy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

E.J. Brill

Faculty

Business and Law

School

Marketing, Tourism and Leisure

RAS ID

3982

Comments

This article was originally published as: Northcote, J. (2007). The lifespans of the patriarchs: Schematic orderings in the chrono-genealogy. Vetus Testamentum, 57(2), 243-257. Original article available here

Abstract

A remarkable numerical schema is revealed when the lifespan notices for the generations from Adam to Moses in the Masoretic version of the Pentateuch are added together—12,600 years. It is suggested that this schema has eschatological connotations that relates to the 1,260 days mentioned in Daniel and Revelation. The possibility that the lifespan notices developed from an earlier, progenitor chronology that originally tallied 12,000 years is also discussed, and the relationship between this schema, the surrounding patriarchal narratives and other Near East chronological traditions is examined in terms of the textual development of the Old Testament lifespan tradition.

DOI

10.1163/156853307X183730

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1163/156853307X183730