In view of the recent post on the antediluvian genealogies, I thought some readers might be interested in mathematical attempts to decipher them.

Here is a summary of the numbers in the genealogies in Genesis 5, excerpted from the Word Biblical Commentary (vol 1) by Gordon Wenham. The excerpt references a couple of studies. One attempt that appeared after the WBC was published is that of Donald Etz. It’s interesting, but I don’t find it persuasive. As the WBC notes, there’s no completely satisfactory mathematical cipher.