Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Mysteries Of Methuselah

One of the most remarkable biblical figures is Methuselah. Born in 3007 BC, he lived to be 969 the longest life span in human history. 

In addition, he became a first-time father at the age of 187, with the birth of his son Lamech by his wife Naamah. He later had more children and wives. 

In our search for enlightenment, we must ask questions about this incredible man:

How many wives did he have? It can be hard for one couple to get along, let alone a man with more wives. And if marriage counseling was necessary, with more wives it could have turned into a free-for-all.  

So what was Methuselah's secret for marital bliss?

In a related issue, how was he sexually active at so old an age? Surely, many men would like to know his secret. 

What did Methuselah do for a living? He had to earn enough to support a very large family. He also had many beasts of burden, and possibly home mortgages, taxes and insurance.   

Given school, synagogue, sports and other extracurricular activities, how did the Methuselah family reach their destinations? Donkey carpools?

And during sports events, did Methuselah yell at the refs and at dance recitals, sleep quietly? 

Another issue is his height. We do not know how tall Methuselah was, but as we age, we lose height. He may eventually have shrunk to the size of a Yoda doll.

Then there is the issue of Social Security. 

If those benefits began at age 65, and Methuselah lived to be 969, the Israeli government had to make payments for 904-years. 

Given other biblical figures also living into very old age, the cost must have been staggering. Add in healthcare and the cost must have been prohibitive.

We wish we had more answers, and maybe, just as the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, more revealing information will later be discovered, such as his tax returns and credit scores.

With Love To All - Dick and With Best Wishes Co-Author, Yanin Ontiveros 

Editor's Note: In researching Methuselah, we looked for old "People" magazines, which would have had a wealth of this information, but found none available before 1974. 

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