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According to the Bible, the only survivors from the antediluvian period were Noah and his family. (Image by Gustave Doré)

The word antediluvian (syn.Prediluvian) (latin for "before the flood") is used to describe a period of time that preceded the Great Flood of Noah as related in the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Creationists view it as an important feature of natural and human history, which, because of many recent discoveries in ancient coal deposits, mountain tops, and undersea trenches, is becoming a popular theory among Christians. The primary source of modern knowledge about the antediluvian period is Genesis, chapters 5 and 6. There are also many accounts of a world-wide flood recorded in ancient Egyptian and Babylonian texts and art pieces, which lends much credibility to the truth of a world-wide deluge. Deluge (mythology). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (959x1210, 1401 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (959x1210, 1401 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... Noahs Ark, Französischer Meister (The French Master), Magyar Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. ... Doré photographed by Felix Nadar. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... This article is on mythology involving great floods. ... Noahs Ark, Französischer Meister (The French Master), Magyar Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. ... Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah (five books of Moses) and hence the first book of the Tanakh, part of the Hebrew Bible; it is also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... Creationism is the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their entirety by a supernatural deity or deities (typically God), whose existence is presupposed. ... Naturalism may refer to: Naturalism (philosophy), any of several philosophical stances wherein all phenomena or hypotheses commonly labeled as supernatural, are either false, unknowable, or not inherently different from natural phenomena or hypotheses Methodological naturalism is the methodological assumption that that observable events in nature are explained only by natural... History is often used as a generic term for information about the past, such as in geologic history of the Earth. When used as the name of a field of study, history refers to the study and interpretation of the record of human societies. ... The Deluge by Gustave Doré. The story of a Great Flood sent by a deity or deities to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution is a widespread theme in Greek and many other cultural myths. ...


The antediluvian period

Writers such as William Whiston (A New Theory of the Earth 1696) and Henry Morris (The Genesis Flood 1961) describe the antediluvian period as follows: William Whiston William Whiston (December 9, 1667 - August 22, 1752), English divine and mathematician, was born at Norton in Leicestershire, of which village his father was rector. ... A New Theory of the Earth was a book written by William Whiston, in which he presented a description of the divine creation of the Earth and a posited global flood. ... The year 1696 had the earliest equinoxes and solstices for 400 years in the Gregorian calendar, because this year is a leap year and the Gregorian calendar would have behaved like the Julian calendar since March 1500 had it have been in use that long. ... Henry M. Morris Henry Madison Morris, Ph. ... The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications is a 1961 book by the young earth creationists John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...

  • People lived much longer than people today, typically between 700-950 years, as reported in the Genealogies of Genesis;
  • The Earth contained many more people than the Earth contained in 1696. Whiston calculated that as many as 500 million humans may have been born in the antediluvian period, based on assumptions about lifespans and fertility rates;
  • There were no clouds or rain. Instead, the Earth was watered by mists which rose from the Earth. (Another interpretation is that the Earth was covered completely by a global cloud layer; the upper waters mentioned in the Creation. This is commonly called the Canopy theory.)

The Bible speaks of this era as being a time of great wickedness. There were Gibborim (giants) in the earth in those days as well as Nephilim; some translations identify the two as one and the same. These giants were the offspring of the "sons of God" (Hebrew Bney Ha-elohim') (see Gen. 6:2), sometimes interpreted as angels, who descended from the heavens to beget them with mortal women. The Gibborim were unusually powerful; Genesis calls them "heroes of old, men of renown;" (Enoshi Ha Shem). The antediluvian period ended when God sent the Flood to wipe out all life except Noah, his family, and the animals they took with them. Nevertheless, the Nephilim (literally meaning 'fallen ones', from the Hebrew root n-f-l 'to fall') reappear much later in the Biblical narrative, in Numbers 13:31-33. However, since the Bible was not assembled in chronological order, it is quite possible that the related verses actually overlap time-wise, so that there is no errancy in this account. The genealogies of Genesis record the descendents of Adam and Eve as given in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. ... The year 1696 had the earliest equinoxes and solstices for 400 years in the Gregorian calendar, because this year is a leap year and the Gregorian calendar would have behaved like the Julian calendar since March 1500 had it have been in use that long. ... Map of countries and territories by fertility rate The total fertility rate (TFR, also called fertility rate or total period fertility rate) of a population is the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime if she were to experience the current age-specific... Look up Canopy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... Total depravity (also called total inability and total corruption) is a theological doctrine that derives from the Augustinian doctrine of original sin and is advocated in many Protestant confessions of faith and catechisms, including those of Lutheranism,1 Anglicanism and Methodism,2 Arminianism, and Calvinism. ... The Gibborim, whose Hebrew name translates as Mighty Men of Renown, are mentioned in chapter six, verse four of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. ... In the Torah and several non-canonical Jewish and early Christian writings, nephilim (Hebrew, הנּפלים, those causing others to fall) are a people created by the crossbreeding of the sons of God (bnei elohim, בני האלהים) and the daughters of men.[1] The word nephilim is loosely translated as giants (maybe intellectual... The Bible has been translated into many languages. ... A Gothic angel in ivory, c1250, Louvre An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Book of Numbers is the fourth of the books of the Pentateuch, called in the Hebrew ba-midbar במדבר, i. ...


Other uses

  • "Antediluvian" is sometimes used figuratively to refer to anything of great age and/or outmoded; H. P. Lovecraft was particularly fond of the term, using it frequently in his horror stories.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade, the Antediluvians are the most ancient of vampires (in excess of 10,000 years old) who founded the thirteen clans of vampire, and who have remained in hiding or suspended animation from the time of the flood of Noah. Their return is a sign of the end times known as Gehenna.

Many traditional academic analyses of language divided linguistic expressions into two classes: literal and figurative. ... Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction. ... Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition) cover. ... This article should belong in one or more categories. ... In the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade by White Wolf, Inc. ... Atlantis is a 1968 song written and recorded by Donovan, released as a single in the UK and on an LP and as a single in the US. // Theme The introduction is a quiet monologue regarding the idea that Atlantis was a highly advanced antediluvian civilization, that Atlantean colonists were... Donovan (Donovan Philips Leitch, born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ...

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The antediluvian patriarchs and the Sumerian King List (8265 words)
It is suggested that the Sumerian scribe that composed the original antediluvian list had available a document (possibly a clay tablet) containing numerical information on the ages of eight of the patriarchs similar to that of the Genesis record and that he mistakenly interpreted it as being written in the sexagesimal system.
It is not likely that the original antediluvian source he used tried to present the antediluvian kings in such a consecutive way; it seems that the scribe forced this concept of his own in order to conform his new material to the style of the copy of the King List he was adding to.
It is much more likely that the Sumerian scribe that composed the original antediluvian list had available a document (possibly a clay tablet) containing numerical information on the ages of eight of the patriarchs similar to that of the Genesis record and that he mistakenly interpreted it as being written in the sexagesimal system.
Antediluvian Atlantean World (571 words)
Most of the books and articles that have been written about Atlantis and the Atlantean Antediluvian World are based on the presumption that Plato meant for his "Dialogues" to be taken literally and that the details he presented about Atlantis were factual.
The Atlantean Ancient Civilization stretched to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, the Amazon, the Pacific coast of South America, the Mediterranean, the west coast of Europe and Africa, the Baltic, and the Black and Caspian Seas.
The heroes and royalty of Atlantis and the Atlantean Civilization, Donnelly postulated were the same as the deities, goddesses, and gods of the Greeks, the Hindus, the Phoenicians, and the Scandinavians.
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