Timeline 2 – Mankind in the Antediluvian Era

by John Holbrook Jr.
A Biblical View, posted July 3, 2017

On June 19, 2017, I started a series of timelines that will outline the history of the world which I have constructed and which conforms to the chronology of the Bible. This series will be interspersed among blogs on other subjects and will follow the structure in the table below. 

                                             GENERIC TIMELINES
Timeline 0 – Creation Week (3977 BC)
Timeline 1 – Edenic Era (3977 BC)
Timeline 2 – Antediluvian Era (3977-2321 BC)
Timeline 3A – Postdiluvian Era’s early phase 3A (2321-1870 BC)
Timeline 3B – Postdiluvian Era’s late phase 3B (1870-1464 BC)
Timeline 4A – Turbulent Era’s early phase 4A (1464-1008 BC)
Timeline 4B – Turbulent Era’s middle phase 4B (1008-754 BC)
Timeline 4C – Turbulent Era’s late phase 4C (754-665 BC)
Timeline 5A – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5A (Occident)
Timeline 5B – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5B (Middle East)
Timeline 5C – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5C (Orient)
Timeline 6A – Late Historic Era (2 BC-present)’s part 6A (Occident & Middle East)
Timeline 6B – Late Historic Era (2 BC-present)’s part 6B (Orient)
Timeline 6C – Late Historic Era (2 BC-present)’s part 6C (Sacred)

—ERA 2 – THE ANTEDILUVIAN WORLD (3977-2321 BC)—

Although we don’t much about the Antediluvian Era, because the world was utterly destroyed by the Flood in 2321 BC, we do known some things about it, mostly from the ancient Hebrew Scriptures, but also from the early Babylonian records. The list of the first ten patriarchs in the Bible, which I call Ancient Patriarchs (AP)[1] and the list of the ten Babylonian Demigods[2] are remarkably similar and, I believe, refer to the same ten people.

Adam (AP-01, gen 1) – He led mankind for 930 years (3977-3047 BC).

Cain (gen 2), the oldest son of Adam (AP-01), was born. He became the first farmer.

Abel (gen 2), another son of Adam, was born. He became the first rancher.

Cain committed the first murderer; he killed his brother Abel.

Cain built the first city.

 Seth (AP-02, gen 2), another son of Adam, was born in 3847 BC.

Enos (AP-03, gen 3), a son of Seth, was born in 3742 BC. He was probably the first person among many to call on the name of the LORD.[3]

Cainan (AP-04, gen 4), a son of Enos, was born in 3652 BC.

Mahalaleel (AP-05, gen 5), a son of Cainan, was born in 3582 BC.

 Jared (AP-06, gen 6), a son of Mahalaleel, was born in 3517 BC

Enoch (AP-07, gen 7), a son of Jared, was born in 3355 BC. He walked with God.

Lamech (gen 7) a great-great-grandson of Cain, was a contemporary of Enoch.

Methuselah (AP-08, gen 8), a son of Enoch, was born in 3290 BC.

Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain (gen 8), sons of Lamech and great-great-great-grandsons of Cain, were contemporaries of Methuselah. Jabal was “the father of such as dwell in tents” (Genesis 4:20). Jubal was “the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21). Tubal-cain was “an instructor in every artificer in brass and iron” (Genesis 4:22). A common interpretation of the foregoing is that Jabal was the first nomad, Jubal was the first musician, and Tubal-cain was the first metallurgist. I doubt that. By 3277 BC, mankind had existed for 500 years – plenty of time to develop the scientific and technological innovations on which a sophisticated – albeit wicked – civilization would be based.

Lamech (AP-09, gen 9), a son of Methuselah, was born in 3103 BC.

Adam (AP-01) died in 3047 BC at the age of 930 years old.

Seth (AP-02) – After Adam died, Seth led mankind for 112 years (3047-2935 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Seth (AP-02) died in 2935 BC at the age of 912 years old.

Enos (AP-03) – After Seth died, Enos led mankind for 98 years (2935-2837 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Enoch (AP-07) was translated by God in 2990 BC at the age of 365 years old.

Noah (AP-10, gen 10), a son of Lamech, was born in 2921 BC.

Enos (AP-03) died in 2837 BC at the age of 905 years old.

Cainan (AP-04) – After Enos died, Cainan led mankind for 95 years (2837-2742 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Cainan (AP-04) died in 2742 BC at the age of 910 years old.

Mahalaleel (AP-05) – After Cainan died, Mahalaleel led mankind for 55 years (2742-2687 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Mahaleel (AP-05) died in 2687 BC at the age of 895 year old.

Jared (AP-06) – After Mahalaleel died, Jared led mankind for 132 years (2687-2555 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Jared (AP-06) died in 2555 BC at the age of 962 years old.

Methuselah (AP-08) – After Jared died, Methuselah led mankind for 234 years (2555-2321 BC). During these years occurred the following:

Japheth (gen 11), the oldest son of Noah, was born circa 2421 BC.

Shem (AP-11, gen 11), the middle son of Noah, was born in 2419 BC.

Ham (gen 11), the youngest son of Noah, was born circa 2417 BC.

God spoke to Noah. He informed Noah that the earth was full of vice and violence and he intended to destroy mankind and the entire earth. He instructed Noah to build an ark with a length of 300 cubits (stem to stern), a breadth (beam) of 50 cubits, and a depth of 30 cubits (deck to keel timber), which would carry Noah, Noah’s wife, Noah’s three sons and daughters-in-law, and a pair (male and female) of every species of animals and birds.

Noah and his sons began building the Ark probably circa 2397 BC, when his sons were in their early twenties.

Lamech (AP-09), the son of Mehusaleh, died in 2326 BC.

Methuselah (AP-08) died in 2321 BC at the age of 969 years old. He lived longer than any other person in history.

In 2321 BC, the construction of the Ark was completed, its passengers boarded it, the LORD shut them in, and the flood waters commenced drowning the world that was (Genesis 7:7-16).

The Noah Disturbance occurred in 2321 BC. It was possibly caused by an encounter between the earth and a heavenly body consisting primarily of ice. The forces of gravity broke up the ice into small particles that, upon entering the vapor canopy surrounding the earth, converted the vapor to water, thereby producing torrential downpours from the sky. The forces of gravity also caused tectonic upheavals that produced profuse up-gushing of water from subterranean reservoirs deep in the earth. The resulting flood covered the land with water and drowned all men, animals, and birds with the exception of the passengers on the Ark – an event which is commonly called “Noah’s Flood.”

© 2017 John Holbrook Jr.
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[1] ANCIENT PATRIARCHS (AP) (3977-1608 BC)
(AP-01) Adam, who was created – He lived 930 years (3977-3047 BC). He was known in Babylon as Alorus.
Seth (AP-02), who was Adam’s son – He lived 912 years (3847-2935 BC). He was known in Babylon as Alasparus.
Enos (AP-03), who was Seth’s son – He lived 905 years (3742-2837 BC). He was known in Babylon as Amelon.
Cainan (AP-04), who was Enos’s son – He lived 910 years (3652-2742 BC). He was known in Babylon as Amenon.
Mahalaleel (AP-05), who was Cainan’s son – He lived 895 years (3582-2687 BC). He was known in Babylon as Metalarus,
Jared (AP-06), who was Mahalaleel’s son – He lived 962 years (3517-2555 BC). He was known in Babylon as Daorus.
Enoch (AP-07), who Jared’s son – He lived 365 years (3355-2990 BC). Because he walked with God he did not die, but rather was taken or “translated” by God. He was known in Babylon as Aedorachus.
Methuselah (AP-08), who was Enoch’s son – He lived 969 years (3290-2321 BC). He was known in Babylon as Amphis.
Lamech (AP-09), who was Methuselah’s son – He lived 777 years (3103-2326 BC). He was known in Babylon as Oliartes.
Noah (AP-10), who was Lamech’s son – He lived 950 years (2921-1971 BC), the first 600 years (2927-2321 BC) of which fell in this period, when he was 1-600 years old.. He built and sailed the Ark. He was known in Babylon as Xisuthrus and in China as Nuwa and Fohi.

[2] BABYLON’S DEMI-GODS  (BD)
Alorus (BD-01) – The Hebrews called him Adam who lived 930 years (3977-3047 BC).
Alasparus (BD-02) – The Hebrews called him Seth, who lived 912 years (3847-2935 BC).
Amelon (BD-03) – The Hebrews called him Enos, lived 905 years (3742-2837 BC).
Amenon (BD-04) The Hebrews called him Cainan, who lived 910 years (3652-2742 BC).
Metalarus (BD-05) – The Hebrews called him Mahalaleel, who lived 895 years (3582-2687 BC).
Daorus (BD-06) – The Hebrews called him Jared, who lived 962 years (3517-2555 BC).
Aedorachus (BD-07) – The Hebrews called him Enoch, who lived 365 years (3355-2990 BC).
Amphis (BD-08) – The Hebrews called him Methuselah, who lived 969 years (3290-2321 BC).
Oliartes (BD-09) – The Hebrews called him Lamech, who lived 777 years (3103-2326 BC).
Xisuthrus (BD-10) – The Hebrews called him Noah, who lived 950 years (2921-1971 BC).

[3] That men “called on the name of the LORD” indicated that they perceived that the LORD (God-the-Son) was the mediator between God and men.

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