It is immediately apparent that the lifespans are not a random or incoherent set of values but that they form a well-defined and regular series with time. Notice how the ages of the prediluvian patriarchs are fairly uniform and run between 895 and 969 with the exception of Lamech (777 years). Following the Flood (F), however, the lifespans drop rapidly and consistently with time. It is interesting to notice that although Shem was born before the Flood he lived most of his life of 600 years after it. The values of the age at death in the period after the Flood from Shem to Terah are between 600 and 148 years. The lifespans from Abraham on continue dropping but at a much slower rate. They run between 180 and 110 years before the Exodus (E). During the MonÂarchy, longevity continues to slowly drop. The maximum age is 70 years for David, while it is only 36 for Ahaz.
So, there appear to be 3 distinct periods in the data: (1) the antediluvian, when lifespans were very high but very similar to each other, (2) a transition period after the Flood, when longevity dropped very fast, and (3) the postdiluvian period from Abraham to the fall of Jerusalem (D) when the age at death slowly but steadily continued dropping to values more consistent with populations in the near past..............
The data points define very closely a sigmoid curve, typical of processes that are initially stable; go through a period of rapid monotonic change, and slowly stabilize again at a much different value. This orderly pattern and sharp regularity of the lifespan data with time does not support the contention that Old Testament longevity values are wilfully assigned random figures or represent obscure mythological remnants of a dim past..............Analysis of the lifespans of Patriarchs and rulers in the Old Testament shows that the lifespan values over time clearly define a sigmoid curve. There is a regularity and order in the data that does not support the idea that Old Testament longevity values are mythological
Pretty realistic, for "myth" eh Wibble? Is it also a coincidence that genetically, incest would have been viable? Is it also a coincidence that the dimensions of the ark for the flood would work but the epic of Gilgamesh's cube shape has been proven to not work? If the bible was myth it should be far easier to plot a graph that would just show that it was all invention. If it is all invention don't you think it is one heck of a lucky idea to come up with the idea of greater longevity existing in a perfect world that happens to plot a graph that would indicate there genuinely was a genetic deterioration?
Wow, what an awful lot of bullseyes these simple sheep-herders seem to have struck. They also said the fountains of the great deep were broken up and we find that very thing, a scar going round the whole earth (mid-oceanic ridge) with stretch marks either size and matching where the pangea broken up, because the continental shelves either side, match up like a jigsaw puzzle, showing the fountains of the deep caused the split. Another lucky coincidence? Is it another coincidence we find fossils of every type of phyla in the rocks, giving birth, fighting, exquisitely preserved? What a bullseye from those sheep-herders, because just think how laughable it would have been had we only found angiosperms in the rocks, or we only found invertebrates, or we found nothing at all, just think how easy it would be to say, "what flood, there would have been all types of life buried by it? Where is the evidence of deposition, there would be rock laid down all over the world."