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Bible Question:Was Noah a Jew? If not, where did he come from?

Bible Answer: Noah was the son of Lamech according to Genesis 5:28-32. Noah was not a Jew, but He was an ancestor of the Jews.

Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters. (NASB) Gen. 5:30

The table below is a chronological list of the ancient ancestors starting with Adam. The table lists the first born son and the age of the father when the son was born. The last column is the father's age when he died. From this table we discover that Noah could have known some of the great Old Testament men who were born before him such as Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Methuselah and, of course, his father.

  Bible Passage Individual Birth Date
After Creation
Age When
1st Son Was Born
Death Date
After Creation
 
  Gen. 5:1 -4 Adam 0 130 930  
  Gen. 5:4 -8 Seth 130 105 1,042  
  Gen. 5:9-11 Enosh 235 90 1,140  
  Gen. 5:12-14 Kenan 325 70 1,245  
  Gen. 5:15-17 Mahalalel 395 65 1,290  
  Gen. 5:18-20 Jared 460 162 1,422  
  Gen. 5:21-24 Enoch 622 65 987  
  Gen. 5:25-27 Methuselah 687 187 1,656  
  Gen. 5:28-31 Lamech 874 182 1,651  
  Gen. 5:28-29
Gen. 9:28-29
Noah 1,056 500 2,006  
  Gen. 11:10-11 Shem 1,556 100 2,156  
  Gen. 11:12-13 Arphaxad 1,658 35 2,098  
  Gen. 11:14-15 Shelah 1,693 30 2,126  
  Gen. 11:16-17 Eber 1,723 34 2,187  
  Gen. 11:18-19 Peleg 1,757 30 1,996  
  Gen. 11:20-21 Reu 1,787 32 2,026  
  Gen. 11:22-23 Serug 1,819 30 2,049  
  Gen. 11:24-25 Nahor 1,849 29 1,997  
  Gen. 11:26-28 Terah 1,878 70 2,083  
  Gen. 11:26-31
Gen. 25:7     
Abraham 1,949 100 2,123  
  Gen. 25:19-26    Isaac 2,049 60 2,228  

The next chart shows the life spans of the patriarchs listed in Genesis 5:1-32 and 11:10-32 relative to one another. The time of the universal flood that God brought upon the world (Gen. 6-8) is also shown. It is apparent that Methuselah died just before the flood and during the flood since the flood occurred in the 600th year of Noah's life (Gen. 7:11). The flood lasted 371 days and ended in the 601st year, second month, and twenty-seventh day of Noah's life (Gen. 8:13-14).


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Abraham was one of Noah's descendants. Abraham gave birth to Isaac (Gen. 25:19-26; 1 Chronicles 1:28) who was the father of Jacob (1 Chronicles 1:34; Matthew 1:2) who was the father of the Jews. God called Jacob Israel in Gen. 32:28. However, the Jews include Abraham as a great patriarch. From the table one can see that Noah was an ancient patriarch but not the immediate father of Jacob.

Conclusion:When we come to the gospels of Matthew and Luke, we find that Jesus was not ashamed to consider Jacob, Abraham, Noah, or even Adam in his lineage (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38). He loved us and still does, even though He is God and we are but mere dust (Ps . 103:14).

 

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