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Methuselah (Hebrew: מְתוּשֶׁלַח‬, Methushelah "Man of the dart/spear", or alternatively "his death shall bring judgment") is the man reported to have lived the longest at the age of 969 in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. Methuselah was the son of Enoch, the father of Lamech, and the grandfather of Noah.

Bible Narrative

Methuselah is mentioned in Genesis 5:21–27, as part of the genealogy linking Adam to Noah. The following is taken from the King James Version of the Bible.


21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.
25 And Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
- [Genesis 5:21–27 KJV

Genesis Timeline

Methuselah was born 687 years after the Creation of Adam and died 969 years later (in 1656) which is the same year as Noah's flood.

Book of Jubilees Narrative

The apocraphal Book of Jubilees (Chapter 4) - states that Methuselah married Edna, Daughter of Azrial. (Verse 27)

27 And in the fourteenth jubilee [652 A.M.] Methuselah took unto himself a wife, Edna the daughter of Azrial, the daughter of his father's brother, in the third week, in the first year of this week, [701-7 A.M.] and he begat a son and called his name Lamech.

LDS Church Narrative

Methuselah: Son of Enoch and the longest lived of the patriarchs (Gen. 5:21–27; Luke 3:37). Some details of his life and ministry are given in latter-day revelation, from which we learn that he was a righteous man, a prophet, and an astronomer and was left on the earth when the city of Enoch was taken to provide a posterity through which Noah would come. See D&C 107:50, 52–53; Moses 8:1–3.


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