Mahalalel

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Mahalalel
Spouse(s) Dinah
Children Jared
more sons and daughters
Parent(s) Kenan
Relatives Enos (grandfather)

Mahalalel or Mahalaleel[a] was a patriarch named in the Hebrew Bible. In the New Testament, the King James Version spells his name Maleleel.[1]

Family

Mahalalel was a son of Kenan, son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam in the Old Testament of the Bible. He was also the father of Jared.

In Judaeo-Christian mythology Mahalalel is an ancestor of Noah, and thus, of all humanity.

He appears in the Book of Genesis 5:12-17, and according to the book, he lived 895 years, placing him eighth in the records for the unusually long lifespans for the antediluvian patriarchs.

Later references to Mahalalel include 1 Chronicles 1:1, Jubilees 4:14–15 and Gospel of Luke 3:37. Enoch’s first dream vision in 1 Enoch 83 recounts the dream that Enoch had in the house of Mahalalel his grandfather, and which Mahalalel explains to him.[2]

Additionally, Mahalalel is also mentioned in Islam in the various collections of tales of the pre-Islamic prophets, which mentions him in an identical manner.

Adam Eve
Cain Abel Seth
Enoch Enos
Irad Kenan
Mehujael Mahalalel
Methushael Jared
Adah Lamech Zillah Enoch
Jabal Jubal Tubal-Cain Naamah Methuselah
Lamech
Noah
Shem Ham Japheth

Allusions

The pet cat that comes to the manor in the storm in Joyce Carol Oates's novel Bellefleur is named Mahalaleel.

Notes

  1. ^ Hebrew: מַהֲלַלְאֵל‬, Mahalal'el

References

  1. ^ Luke 3:37
  2. ^ See the translation by R. H. Charles (1917) at sacred-texts.com
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