So I’m curious others’ opinions on this topic… regarding the ages of the patriarchs and the consecutive reduction in life span after the flood.
Ages averaged around 900 years before the flood, after the flood there is a rather consistent reduction in life span down to 175 with Abraham (and 120 with Moses).
I’ve heard the literal explanations from the creationist perspective, that postdiluvian environmental changes impacted life span. But what are other interpretations?
I’ve heard the idea that larger ages were an honorific exaggeration in ancient times, but this doesn’t seem to make sense of the phenomenon in this text… is the author trying to make Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob look that much less significant than Kenan and Mahalelel? Not to mention the one antediluvian patriarch called out for special praise only lived a third as long as his counterparts. And why the nearly linear reduction in life span between Noah and Abraham?