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RECORDS OF HUMAN LONGEVITY FROM OTHER NATIONS...Page 44



by Craig Paardekooper, Author's Site

Genesis 6

The Wickedness and Judgment of Man

"Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

"After the flood Noah lived 350 years. Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died. Genesis 9. MARTINELLI, Giovanni The Sacrifice of Noah, Italian painter, Florentine school (b. ca. 1600, Montevarchi, d. 1659, Firenze).
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And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

Data From 88 Generations of Kings of China - 2943 B.C.-314 B.C.

 

   The Shu Ching is the ancient Chinese Book of History, listing the    names of each king backwards to the very dawn of Chinese civilization.

 

   It is interesting that when the time span of each generation is drawn   on a graph, the generation time averages about 25 years, UNTIL you get    back to 2355 B.C. in the reign of the Emperor Yao (in whose time a

   great flood covered the whole Earth) when the generation time period  starts increasing steadily up to 100 years. It will be recalled that    in the Bible it says that before Noah the age at which people had  their children was about 100 years.

 

Ruler  Reign Length
Fuhi              115 years    2953-2838 B.C.
ShenNung  120 years     2838-2718 B.C.
Huang Ti      100 years    2698-2598 B.C.
Shao Hao     84 years     2598-2514 B.C.
Chuan Hsi    78 years      2514-2436 B.C.
Ti Kao           70 years      2436-2366 B.C.
Yao              102 years     2357-2255 B.C.
Shun             50 years      2255-2205 B.C.

Data From 124 Generations of Kings of India - 2964 B.C.-1193 A.D.

 

   Similarly, when we look at the Indian king lists a similar pattern  arises. The Hindu history is outlined in "Satyartha Prakash translated by Swami Dayananda from an ancient Sanskrit book "Vikram Sanval".

 

It   states that the Kingdom of Indraprastha was ruled by Indians for 124    generations for a period of 4,157 years, 9 months and 14 days between  the event of Mahabharat and the beginning of the Mugal Era in 1193

   A.D.

 

When the longevity of each of these 124 generations is plotted on    a graph a distinct pattern emerges. There is an exponential decrease   in longevity after 2500 B.C. a slow decline in longevity over the  period 2500-1500 B.C.

 

The earliest generation gaps are of 100 years and steadily decline till a generation gap of 25 years is attained.   This is a startling confirmation of the Chinese records.

 

 

 

Data From Generations of Kings of Egypt

 

   The reign lengths of the Egyptian kings are found in two main sources;  the Turin Papyrus and the writings of Manetho. A.H. Gardiner   published a transcription of the hieroglyphics of the Turin Papyrus.

 

   The following are the reign lengths that are apparent from this

   papyrus -

 

          KING                           REIGN LENGTH

          Menes                                             Erased

          Iteti                                                  Erased

          Iti (Djer)                                           Erased

          Erased                                             Erased

          Itiuti                                                  Erased

          Semti (Den)                                     Erased

          Merbiapen (Anedjib)                      74 years

          Semsem (Semerkhet)                   72 years

          Kebehu (Qa'a)                               63 years

          Baw-netjer (Hotepsekhemwi)        95 years

          Kawkaw (Reneb)                           Erased

          Banetjer (Ninetjer)                         95 years

          Erased                                             54 years

          Sened                                              70 years

          Aaka                                                Erased

          Neferkasokar                                  8 years, 3 months

          Erased                                             1 year, 8 months, 4 days

          Bebti (Khasekhemwi)                      27 years, 2 months, 1 day

          Nebka                                              19 years

          Djoser-It (Netjerikhet Djoser)          19 years , 1 month

          Djoser-Ti (Sekhemkhet)                     6 years

          Erased                                                 6 years

          Huni                                                   24 years

          Snofru                                                24 years

          Kheops                                              23 years

          Djedefre                                             8 years

          Khefren                                              Erased

          Bakare                                               Erased

          Mykerinos                                         18 years

          Shepseskaf                                        4 years

          Thamphthis                                        2 years

          Userkaf                                               7 years

          Sahure                                              12 years

          Neferirkare                                         Erased

          Shepseskare                                      7 years

          Neferefre                                           Erased

          Niuserre                                             Erased

          Menkauhor                                       8 years

          Djed                                                  28 years

          Unas                                                 30 years

 

   Note that during the first two Dynasties of Egypt, we find reign  lengths of about 100 years. After the beginning of the Third Dynasty the reign length drops to a much lower level NEVER AGAIN to rise    throughout Egyptian history.

 

It will be remembered that during the    early chapters of Genesis the Bible repeatedly mentions Patriarchs  (even after Noah) whose lifespans are compatible with reigns of 100  years - even down to the time of Abraham who lived 175 years.

 

This is a striking confirmation of the Genesis narrative, and is in perfect  synchrony with the reign lengths of the Chinese Kings.

 

   The Turin Canon lists the kings, groups them together and mentions the durations of their reigns. It begins with an enumeration of “gods”, “demi-gods”, spirits and kings that were supposed to have ruled Egypt    before the reign of Menes.

 

Most lines of the Turin Canon give the name

   of a particular king, written in a cartouche, followed by the number of years he ruled, and in some cases even by the number of months and days.

 

Scholars examining the Turin Canon have stated that - "The number of years credited to some kings of the 1st and 2nd   Dynasty is so high, that, in those particular cases, they are most  likely not correct. It has sometimes been postulated that this high  number of years does not reflect the length of a reign but the age  at which a king died.

 

Although this possibility cannot be entirely  overruled, it is strange that the writer should choose to note the

     age of a king in one case and the length of his reign in another. I  would rather suspect that, although these kings actually lived,  they were considered more as mythological and therefore were  credited with a longer than human reign."

 

   Here we see scholars confronted with a clear historical testimony  indicating a greater longevity in the first two dynasties compared to  later dynasties.

 

     "Manetho credits him (Menes) with having reigned - or perhaps lived  for some 60 years. (The Turin Papyrus gives 2nd Dynasty kings  similar spans : Anedjib - 74 years, Semerkhet - 72 years,  Hotepsekhemwi - 95 etc. From the 3rd Dynasty onwards their spans   become much shorter).

 

 In view of the short life expectancy, which  was less than 40 years, this seems to be improbable but not      impossible."

 

  

"And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place." So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten".. Genesis 50.

Ancestors of the Christ. Jacob and Joseph in Egypt. MichaelAngelo Buonnarrati. 1511.

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Many articles have been written about this papyrus by eminent scholars  such as Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson

 

 

   MANETHO's WRITINGS

 

   The reign lengths of the Egyptian kings are also listed by Manetho. . Interestingly, the reign lengths of each of the Egyptian kings listed   by Manetho averages around 25 years as we go back in time, until we   reach the reign of Menes - about 2500 B.C.

 

Immediately before Menes  the reign lengths increase rapidly to over 100 years. For 10  generations before Menes the reign lengths average about 90 years.

 

 

   ZEP TEPI

 

   Interestingly, the Egyptians also speak of a 'First Time' called 'Zep Tepi' . This was a first age of the Earth, when mankind was ruled by   the gods . The following table shows the names of the rulers of the

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Recently, scientists believe they have discovered what causes this cell division process to halt around the age of one hundred and twenty years. They believe it is caused by what they call telomeres. This they believe is the key to the human life cycle.

Telomeres are repeating DNA strings (TTAGGG) that cap chromosomes. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres become shorter. When they reach a preset length, the cell ceases to divide, ages, and dies.

Independently, others came up with exactly the same number as the maximum age for mortal mankind three thousand years ago: Source:MythOne.com

First Time together with the length of their reigns. Zep Tepi was the  first Dunasty and was ruled by 7 “gods”-

 

Ruler

Longevity (Years)

Ptah

Infinite

Atum/Ra

1000

Shu

700

Geb

500

Osiris

450

Set

350

Horus

300

 

   Following this dynasty came a second dynasty ruled by 9 gods

 

Anhur

280

Anpu

200

Khonsu

180

Harbehdet

100

Amen

120

Tahuti

100

Shu

120

Amen Ra

100

4 other gods

370

 

   There then follows a third dynasty of 30 demi-gods each reigning an

   average of 121.7 years

 

 

   What is intersting about these longevities is precisely this – that   when plotted on a graph the decrease in longevity is found to be  exponential again. It should be noted that Atum Ra emerges from the  Primeval watery abbyss (Deluge?)

 

   Another point of interest is that when the Egyptian reign lengths are placed alongside the Hebrew lifespans of the Patriarchs we notice a   surprisingly close correspondence -

 

Egyptian

Reign

LifeSpan of

Bible Patriarch

Biblical

Patriarch

Ra   

1000

950

Noah

Shu  

700

600

Shem

Geb

500

438

Arphaxad

Asar  

450

433

Shelah

Set

350

464

Eber

Har   

300

239

Peleg

Anhur   

280

239

Reu

Anpu

200

230

Serug

Khonsu

180

148

Nahor

Harbehdet  

100

205

Terah

Amen  

120

175

Abram

Tahuti  

108

180

Isaac

Shu

128

148

Jacob

Amen Ra

80

110

Joseph

 

 

      Refs:

 

   1. "Chronology of the Palmero and Turin Canons" 2 vols by Patrick F.O.

   Mara 1980

 

   2. "Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents from the Earliest

   Times to the Persian Conquest" by J.H. Breasted 1906, 1962

 

   3. "The Book of the Kings of Egypt" by W.E.A. Budge

 

   4. "The Royal Canon of Turin" by Sir A.H. Gardiner

 

   5. "The Palmero Stone and the Archaic Kings of Egypt" by Patrick

   F.O'Mara 1979

 

   In reference 1, above, it states that -

 

     'In Manetho's account of the Old Kingdom, a number of reigns are so

     long that they appear more like lifetimes."

 

   An interesting observation..........

 

References

 

   1. http://www.google.com/help/features.html#cached

   2. http://www.btinternet.com/%7Ecraig.pkooper/records.htm

   3. http://www.btinternet.com/%7Ecraig.pkooper/records.htm

   4. http://www.romanization.com/books/giles/religions/chap01.html

   5. http://www.hiddendragon.com/articles/Dynasties1.html

   6. http://www.historypictures.com/pkwhch.htm

   7. http://www.btinternet.com/%7Ecraig.pkooper/www.worldhistory1a.homestead.com/CHINA%7Ens4.html

   8. http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/medieval/kings_chron.html

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Source:SaturnianCosmology.org; Craig Paardekooper

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