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Lamech (/ˈleɪmɪk/; Hebrew: לֶמֶךְ‎ Lemeḵ) was a patriarch in the genealogies of Adam in the Book of Genesis. He lived 777 years.

According to Christianity he is part of the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:36. Additionally, Lamech (Arabic: Lamk) is also mentioned in Islam in the various collections of tales of the pre-Islamic prophets, which mentions him in an identical manner. Lamech is most noted in the Genesis as the father of the ancient prophet Noah who prophesied of the great flood.

Bible Narrative


28 And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This [same] shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
- Genesis 5:28–31 KJV

Genesis Timeline

Per the timeline of Genesis - Lamech was born 874 years after the Creation of Adam and died 777 years later (in 1651), barely 5 years before the date of Noah's flood.

Book of Jubilees Narrative

Per the apocraphal work: Book of Jubilees (Chapter 4) - (Verse 28) "And in the fifteenth jubilee in the third week Lamech took to himself a wife, and her name was Betenos the daughter of Baraki'il, the daughter of his father's brother, and in this week she bare him a son and he called his name Noah, saying, 'This one will comfort me for my trouble and all my work, and for the ground which the Lord hath cursed.'"

LDS Church Narrative

Father of Noah (Gen. 5:25–31; 1 Chr. 1:3; Luke 3:36; D&C 107:51; Moses 8:5–11).

Disambiguation

  • Lamech - descendant of Cain
  • Lamech - son of Methuselah

References


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