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How long was a year (שנה) in Bereshit?

Bereshit 5:4–5:32 gives a long genealogy with the lifespans listed of numerous individuals, most of which are far longer than the known lifespans of man.


וַיִּהְיוּ כׇּל־יְמֵי־יֶרֶד שְׁתַּיִם וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה וַיָּמֹת׃

All the days of Jared came to 962 years; then he died.

(Bereshit 5:20)

These events appear to be written in a different calendar and time system, and that the שנה of Bereshit does not correspond to a single revolution of the Earth around the Sun. The only other interpretation is a literalist one in which the first generations of man after the expulsion from Gan Eden were blessed with longer lives than later generations.

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