It’s a myth I guess that Shakepeare’s name actually appears in the Bible but according to the myth if you open up Psalm 46 in your KJV (simply because it was the Bible of Shakespeare’s time) and count the words (omitting ‘Selah‘) 46 from the front and you’ll find the word ‘shake’ 46 backwords (I meant backwards but I guess they are backwords) from the end and you should find ‘spear’, according to the story it was a gift for Shakespeares 46th birthday. Although considering the seriousness and testimony of the KJV translators I seriously doubt they would have edited the text to fit, I would think it is far more likely that this one simply is a matter of coincidence.
Anyway Methuselah’s story is a far more interesting one, let’s check the genealogy in Genesis 5:
“And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.
And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.”
Now the flood occurred in Noah’s 600th year (Genesis 7:6), so let’s add up the numbers:
187 (Methuselah’s age when Lamech was born) + 182 (Lamech’s age when Noah was born) + 600 (Noah’s age when the flood happened)= 969 (the very year Methuselah died! Genesis 5:27)
So it seems that Methuselah’s death signaled the beginning of the flood, unsurprisingly in Hebrew Methuselah means ‘death shall bring’.
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