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Title: Human life length and his conditions according to the Bible

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Creator:

Stasiak, Sławomir

ORCID:

0000-0002-0949-2043

Abstract:

A person’s life depends, among other things, on breathing, that is, gentle breath, which the Old Testament describes with the term rûaḥ, and which does not depend on human will and is in danger of being stopped at any time. In fact, life is short, like smoke or shade. It is almost nothingness, shorter and shorter, since seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty, if we are strong. All creatures, humans and animals, even flowing water (but never plants), have “life.” Man has no power over life: he cannot add or subtract from the length provided by the Creator even a single day. The Bible shows in no uncertain terms that sin has an adverse effect on the length of life. In the beginning, the sin of the first parents, which has been passed on us all as original sin. Then each person’s individual sins, which arouse the wrath of God. Ancient sages knew how man could gain longevity. They were convinced that longevity was a reward for gaining wisdom. The longevity of patriarchs was the fruit of God’s blessing. Although, on the other hand, the age of human life was already limited to one hundred and twenty years in Genesis, while Sirach stated that human life was limited to one hundred years. As various parts of Gen 1–11 emphasize,successive generations were increasingly distancing themselves from God through sins. That is why – as the author of this part of Genesis gently but firmly pointed out – the number of years of successive generations was gradually decreasing. Shortly before the Deluge, the average age of humans was comparative to today’s life expectancy. It is therefore very clear that the age of successive generations mentioned not only in Gen 5:1–32, but also in the whole block of Gen 1–11, should be looked at from a literary, symbolic, and – above all – theological perspective.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

E-Wydawnictwo. Prawnicza i Ekonomiczna Biblioteka Cyfrowa. Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Contributor:

Nowak, Wioletta. Red. ; Szalonka, Katarzyna. Red. ; Niemczyk, Agata. Rec. ; Wicki, Ludwik. Rec. ; Majewska-Jurczyk, Barbara. Rec. ; Światowy, Grażyna. Rec. ; Dejnaka, Agnieszka. Rec. ; Niezgoda, Agnieszka. Rec. ; Mruk, Henryk. Rec.

Date issued:

2020

Detailed Type:

e-książka

Identifier:

oai:repozytorium.uni.wroc.pl:118589 ; ISBN: 978-83-66601-24-6 (druk) ; ISBN: 978-83-66601-25-3 (online)

DOI:

10.34616/23.20.107

Language:

pol ; eng

Relation:

(E-Monografie ; No. 170)

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Rights holder:

Copyright by Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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WR U/PAdal

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Last modified:

Apr 21, 2021

In our library since:

Dec 7, 2020

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