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Why did people in the bible live so long?

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posted on Jan, 16 2007 @ 03:08 PM
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It was not a personal attack. It was to lighten things up a bit. A humorous conspiracy. You're always throwing funny things at us. I knew you could take it.

You're mistaking me for someone else. I wasn't the one who was supporting the hollow earth theory. I was the one that proposed an idea in the hollow earth topic saying that it could be possible that Khufu's pyramid was the "main attraction" of the three pyramids.

I'll stop being off topic from now on. I promise.

[edit on 16-1-2007 by lostinspace]




posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 01:55 AM
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You're mistaking me for someone else. I wasn't the one who was supporting the hollow earth theory. I was the one that proposed an idea in the hollow earth topic saying that it could be possible that Khufu's pyramid was the "main attraction" of the three pyramids

My apologies
I'm mixing you up with spaceman
hes out there

I don't think it was the main attarction though
they didn't let anyone inside with a camera for 4500 years




posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 09:26 AM
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I'm not a huge Bible knowitall or anything, so my knowledge on this subject is very limited.
However, after reading into Methuselah a little, it turns out that his great age can be ascribed to innacuracies when comparing Sumerian numerical systems. If this was the case, he would have lived to around 85 (still pretty old for those days), and he would have had his first child at 17. (both of these numbers are very realistic)



posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 01:38 PM
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it turns out that his great age can be ascribed to innacuracies when comparing Sumerian numerical systems. If this was the case, he would have lived to around 85

where did you read that
got a link ?



posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 05:42 PM
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Its outlined in a book by Robert Best, and titled 'Noah's ark and the Ziusudra Epic'.

Good read.



posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 07:05 PM
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ah yeah I heard of it
hes wrong but its still a good book


[edit on 17-1-2007 by Marduk]



posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 07:43 PM
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I've always thought it might have been a simple miscalculation, seeing as how the people who wrote the different books of the Old Testament weren't there to actually witness some of these events. Such as the birth of the world. However, reading some of this site's post, my perspective is starting to become wider...I'm not sure whether that's good or bad.



posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 10:28 PM
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Originally posted by JackofBlades

However, after reading into Methuselah a little, it turns out that his great age can be ascribed to innacuracies when comparing Sumerian numerical systems. If this was the case, he would have lived to around 85 (still pretty old for those days), and he would have had his first child at 17.




This sounds like the "month for a year" interpretation. When I checked out the actual ages of Methuselah in the Bible, this is what I found:

first mentioned son he was age 187, a month for a year would be 15.6yrs
He died at age 969, a month for a year would be 80.75yrs

This may sound like this was the real method used but there's a problem.

These are the two biblical characters that demonstrate the problem:

Cainan
first mentioned son he was age 70, a month for a year would be 5.83yrs

Mahalaleel
first mentioned son he was age 65, a month for a year would be 5.42yrs

The human body is obviously not ready to reproduce at the age of 5 years, so this can't be the way to interpret the long life spans.



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 04:03 AM
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Its difficult to tell when discussing the bible. There are so many inaccuracies between what was written in the Bible and what was the basis for the teachings.
The original Sumerian texts could have been misinterpreted, leading scholars to believe Methuselah was 969. Then the mistake could have been realised for later generations, but not rectified in Methy's case.

To me, it just seems more believable that Methy was 80 than 960. And it is not impossible for the human body to be sexually mature at an early age (improbable, not imposible).



posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 01:25 PM
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The original Sumerian texts could have been misinterpreted, leading scholars to believe Methuselah was 969

Methuselah is not mentioned in any Sumerian text
no one is described as living to a great age in any sumerian text
the only place any of these old men are mentioned is in a hewbrew religious text called the bible
this is the one that claims the world was made in seven days by some guy called God
who later decides to flood the world using more water than it actually has ever contained
who then goes on to eradicate any physical evidence that the flood happened
who then creates every different race of man (black, white, yellow, red) from the kids of a sailor called Noah who only had one wife who was a semite like he was.
this god who loves you so much that if you make a mistake he will throw you into a lake of endless fire to be tortured by a red skinned guy with cloven hooves and a pitchfork and horns for all eternity
and who if you're good will take you to an invisible place in the clouds somewhere that there is no sex, alcohol or any type of music except choral singing and harp strumming

you were taking the bible seriously for a minute there weren't you



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 02:15 AM
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I was looking at alternative medicine a while back and happend to come across what is known as hyperbolic oxigen treatemt. It consists of highly presurised, concentrated oxigen totally saturating the bodies tissues. It is nothing different than what a diver would be treated with if he rises too quikly from great depths. It is effective to the extent that the bodies natural regenerative properties are enhanced, circulation improved, cellular life span increased, as well as a whole host of interesting qualities. It has been demonstrated that subjects that undergo prolonged treatments over an extended period of time enjoy greater health, increased stamina, faster reflexes as well as little to no sickness. This in addition to reduced recover time for a very varried and long list of afflictions. Here are some it is used to treat-www.drcranton.com... -

I was then wondering, if the human body functions so much better under these highly oxigenated, highly presurised conditions, one could argue that that is indeed the most natural environment for it. Also if the reserch is true then all the tissues in the body would benefit from greater life spans due to less cellular decay. This leads me to beleive that the life spans of ancient peoples as described in the bible are a result of a higher concentration of oxigen in a more presurised atmosphere. it is possible that as the earths climate changed, and its atmosphere leeked into space, the life spans of people slowly decreased. If our planet at one time had an atmosphere like that of a huge hyperbolic oxigen chamber we might expect this to evedent in other species on our planet. While we know the life spans of species around when the atmosphere was similar to ours, we do not know of species that existed before them, of which we have no record. It is safe to say that life begot life and that the species we do know of came from something living and not a rock. What we do not know is if the planet that sustaned their life was similar to the one we know now. It is known that our planet went through very drastic environmental changes and that is evident even today. What if when we were introduced to this planet, or sprung up from its genetic soup, we came into a world that actually enhanced our biology? That to me would explain why life spans were so long and why (as the atmosphere leeked)got progresively shorter.



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 02:19 AM
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I'm sorry its actually hyperbaric oxigen treatment..I do appologise for the waste of a comment.



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 07:47 AM
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Originally posted by dlbrandt
The thing with the Bible is you can't pick the parts you like and deny the parts you don't like. You either believe it all from cover to cover or you don't.


IMHO that could lead to some serious trouble...

I have had an interest in biblical New testament history for quite some time now and have been reading up on the subject.

When you say "You either believe it all from cover to cover or you don't." you dont leave much room for errors in the Bible do you?

Lets say that you discover an "error" in the New Testament, would that invalidate all your faith you mean?

If I say that Paulus were not in fact the author of several of his letters in the New Testament, would this invalidate your faith? My faith isnt really shattered about this, since I realise that even though the Bible is a "holy book" the texts were still written, edited and compiled by humans.

Remember that the canon we have today was chosen around 350 CE (if I recall correctly) and that there were more texts circulating than are included in "our" New Testament which were used by the early Christians as holy text.

As you may have noticed there is also some quite noticable changes in mood between the Old Testament Jahwe and the New Testament Jesus where the Old Testament Jahwe seems more bloodthirsty than in New Testament?

I have seen different explanations for this fact, but the most natural explanation (at least in my eyes) is that history have always been written (and rewritten) by the winner in a war so any description in the Old Testament where "God" tell the Israelites to go into a town or region and kill everyone, man, women and child just for the sake of it, I would believe was inserted as a way to validate the wars fought between Israel and its neighbours, not so much that God wanted whole regions slaughered.



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 07:51 AM
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Can you say mythology?



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 12:52 PM
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-In continuation of last post-

What if diferent planets produce different biological enhancements? I wonder, anyone hear about our magnetic feild changing, what if it is cycling through changes untill it restores it self to a prior state. I saw on a discovery special that it will, in a couple hundred years, produce an aurora borealis over the whole planet. I wonder what meterological effects we could expect to see, better or worse weather? I bet all those positevely charged particles being attracted to the earth from the sun, producing said effect, have a enhancing quality to them on the human physiology.-

www.springerlink.com...

this link provides no concrete research but does show interest by researchers "that conditions on the Sun and in the Earth’s magnetosphere can affect human health at the Earth’s surface" There are links to research being conducted on the subject..but I'll leave that reading to you.

If we imagine a planet rich in oxygen, presurised enough to allow greater absorbtion of oxygen into the body.This coupled with a highly charged atmosphere, with positevly charged particles being fed into it in vast quantities from the sun, we could imagine greater life spans over generations with prolonged exposure, as well as a steady decline when said variables change over time. This would explain why we are not living as long as certain biblical characters while being the same species as them(presumably), just in a slightly modified habbitat. A habitat that if altered to better fit our biology would produce longer life spans.



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 01:12 PM
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it could be that the 'patriarchs' who lived hundreds of years
up till the time of Noah,
were actually 'Dynasties' = or a Family Line that reigned for those periods of time.

When another figure rose to leadership, then that family Head became the new 'dynasty' and all generation of that family were known as that 'Partiarchs' name'.

there's never been bones of people from 6-8Thousand years ago , being unearthed that showed other than normal age conditions, (like a leg bone showing 400+years of wear & tear)

[edit on 6-8-2007 by St Udio]



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 02:40 PM
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In the days when I was religious, one of my ministers talked about this issue and he attributed the long life-spans to a semi-hyperbaric (hypobaric?) pressure chamber which Earth was, at one point, encapsulated by. I admit to not knowing much about that, except that apparently a hyperbaric pressure chamber is an atmosphere of 100 percent oxygen.

This site:

Click

...talks about the aging issue. It says that pre-Noahic flood, the earth was protected by a sort of atmospheric water canopy which filtered solar radiation very well and allowed for high-pressure atmosphere on the surface (hyperbaric). Hyperbaric chambers are used in modern hospitals because of their known effect to boost healing efficiency in human beings. Solar radiation is apparently one of the greatest causes of human aging.

I'm DEFINITELY not a creationist, nor an evolutionist primarily, but these claims do seem to make some sort of sense.

[edit on 6-8-2007 by iceofspades]



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 03:04 PM
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100% oxygen would kill you... quickly, that is if a lightening spark didn't set it off first. That minister should stick to the Bible... he knows nothing of science.



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 03:44 PM
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Originally posted by grover
100% oxygen would kill you... quickly, that is if a lightening spark didn't set it off first. That minister should stick to the Bible... he knows nothing of science.


I understand that, but of course a planet's atmosphere could not be completely made up of oxygen. I think he was referring to simply a relatively highly oxygenated atmosphere.

[edit on 6-8-2007 by iceofspades]



posted on Aug, 6 2007 @ 04:00 PM
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great site iceof spades... it is really close to what I was saying. It would also explain why the amount of water needed to flood the earth was present at the time of the flood, but not anymore. It might have come down as rain and slowy decipated into the earth. Cool.




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