History of the World

A Traditionalist Perspective


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Jewish years are numbered according to the rabbinic understanding of when the

Creation of the world took place. Though many rabbis attempted this calculation, it was that of Rabbi Yossi ben Halafta– which declared Monday, October 7, 3761 B.C.E., to be the day Creation began–that gained currency. The following chart shows his account of the time from Creation to the destruction of the Second Temple:


Year of the Mundane Era Event Biblical Basis
 1  Creation, including that of Adam and Eve  Genesis 1:1
 130  Birth of Seth  
 Genesis 5:1-32, with dates of birth given relative to the age of the father.
 235  Birth of Enosh
 325  Birth of Keinan
 395  Death of Mehalaleil
 460  Birth of Jared
 622  Birth of Enokh
 687  Birth of Bethuselah
 874  Birth of Lamekh
 930  Death of Adam
 1042  Death of Seth
 1056  Birth of Noah
 1140  Death of Enosh  
 1235  Death of Keinan
 1290  Death of Mehalaleil
 1422  Death of Jared
 1556  Birth of Shem
 1654  Death of Lamekh
 1656  Death of Methuselah, The Flood  Genesis 11:10-29, with some dates extrapolated from years of life listed previously. There seems to be a bit of inexactitude in the time immediately after the Flood.
 1658  Birth of Arpakhshad  

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Rabbi Rachel Miller Solomin is an educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in 2001.

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