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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What is the human life span?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

70 years.

“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10)

120 years.

“Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”” (Genesis 6:3)

More than 120 years.

After the flood, many men (and at least one woman) lived longer than God’s 120 year limit. Here are some examples:

Noah – 950 years Genesis 9:29
Shem – 600 years Genesis 11:10-11
Arphaxad – 438 years Genesis 11:12-13
Salah – 433 years Genesis 11:14-15
Eber – 464 years Genesis 11:16-17
Peleg – 239 years Genesis 11:18-19
Reu – 239 years Genesis 11:20-21
Serug – 229 years Genesis 11:22-23
Nahor – 148 years Genesis 11:24-25
Terah – 205 years Genesis 11:32
Sarah – 127 years Genesis 23:1
Abraham – 175 years Genesis 25:7
Ishmael – 137 years Genesis 25:17

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:


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