To understand the year of Noah’s flood, we should take a close look at Old Testament chronology. The approximate time from creation to the flood can be calculated from Bible chronology. Starting with the creation of Adam and adding the information how old he was when his son was born, the age of his son, etc,. gives an approximate timeline from creation to the flood.
The following is a list of the calculated biblical dates from creation:
|Adam became the father of Seth at 130||Genesis 5:3||0 + 130 = 130|
|Seth became the father of Enosh at 105||Genesis 5:6||130 + 105 = 235|
|Enosh became the father of Kenan at 90||Genesis 5:9||235 + 90 = 325|
|Cainan became the father of Mahalalel at 70||Genesis 5:12||325 + 70 = 395|
|Mahalalel became the father of Jared at 65||Genesis 5:15||395 + 65 = 460|
|Jared became the father of Enoch at 162||Genesis 5:18||460 + 162 = 622|
|Enoch became the father of Methuselah at 65||Genesis 5:21||622 + 65 = 687|
|Methuselah became the father of Lamech at 187||Genesis 5:25||687 + 187 = 874|
|Lamech became the father of Noah at 182||Genesis 5:28||874 + 182 = 1056|
|The Flood started when Noah was 600||Genesis 7:6||1056 + 600 = 1656|
The year in which the Flood took place was about 1656 AM (Anno Mundi).
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort” (Genesis 7:11-14).
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